The day dawned bright and blue and it remained that way all day with gorgeous sunshine and a temperature that reached the mid 20’s.
We were the second to arrive, pulling up at the main gate behind Robert Major’s lovely Primrose Yellow V12 E Type.
We were soon joined by 19 others in an array of Jaguars, and by 9.45 all were parked inside the Dockyard, looking resplendent displayed on Museum Square.
At 10.30 we met our guide for the day, Rose. An extremely knowledgeable lady who led us all around the Dockyard explaining its’ history with interesting facts and with very good humour!
To finish the tour we visited Hemp House, or The Ropery as it is better known. This building was once the longest in Europe, stretching 1/4 mile in length. Gary showed off his skills as a master Ropemaker by demonstrating how to use the machinery to make rope from yarn, (with a little help from our Guide..!)
We enjoyed lunch in an area reserved for us in The Mess Deck restaurant, afterwards we went off to explore further. Some of us toured the Ocelot, an Oberon class Submarine being the last ship ever built at Chatham whilst others went to inspect HMS Cavalier, a WW2 Destroyer and HMS Gannet, a steam and wind powered Sloop built in 1878. There were also exhibitions and galleries to view.
With thanks to everyone who came and made the day so enjoyable.