WSS News Logo (on White)

CHATHAM DAY : Saturday 7 October 2023 from 10.00am


  • Tour the WSS library and archives, with opportunities to browse and research
  • Enjoy the programme of speakers during the day
  • Take part in an ongoing prize quiz
  •  Buy new and second-hand books, the latter including Lloyd’s Registers
    at very attractive prices (or even free!)
  •  Browse surplus B&W photographs at 50p each
  •  Meet the Chatham team and socialise with other members


10.00 Library and Archive open for visitors.
10.15 Collection tours begin, and continue all day during breaks in the
10.45 Doors open in the Fitted Rigging Room for supporting events
11.00-12.10 Morning session
11.00 Introduction to the day – Krispen Atkinson and Roy Fenton
11.10 A Cape Coast Cavalcade
– Andy Skarstein
12.45-13.45 Lunchtime session
12.45 Workboats and Harbour
craft of Malta – Phil Simons
14.45-16.00 Afternoon session
14.45 Quiz results
15.00 From Greenhithe to Barrow,
the final years of
F.T. Everard
– Krispen Atkinson
17.00 Library and Archive close


Getting there
Enter the Dockyard by the main gate off the A231 (Dock Road). Tell the gatekeeper you are
going to the WSS facility. Proceed down Maingate Road, passing the church on your right
and in about 200 yards take the second turning left, watching for the signs outside the WSS
Library and Archive (it is next to the Ropery). We will direct you to the Fitted Rigging
Room for the talks and the quiz. You will need to park in designated areas (e.g. alongside
Anchor Wharf), and not outside the WSS facility (you’ll probably need a car to take away
your purchases!)

Public transport
Chatham Railway Station is served by Southeastern services from London Victoria to
Gillingham via Bromley South, other London Termini via Dartford. Thameslink Services
from Luton via Dartford and the High Speed link from St Pancras via Stratford and
Ebbsfleet. From East Kent services are from Ramsgate and Dover via Faversham or
Tonbridge via Strood. From the station turn right to reach the bus stops. Dockyard Main
Gate is served by Nos 1, 2, 100 and 101 and is the next after Medway Council Offices.

The small print
Admission to the Historic Dockyard is free, and you will be free to wander round,