Author Archives: Lorraine

About Lorraine

I am a local historian, whose love of Dover has lead to decades of research into some of the lesser known tales that this famous and beautiful town has to tell.

Shipbuilding Part IV from 1815 to the Present Day

Dover’s ship building industry can be traced back to the Bronze Age and from Saxon times to the Middle Ages, Dover, as part of the Cinque Ports, provided the ships that effectively was the English Navy, (see Shipbuilding part I). … Continue reading

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Shipbuilding Part III Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815

Dover shipbuilding can be traced back to the Bronze Age (2100BC-700BC). The demand for ships produced in the town had oscillated over the centuries reaching new heights in the 18th century. As the century progressed, the town had seen the … Continue reading

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Shipbuilding Part II the Golden Age 1700 to 1793

Part I of the Dover shipbuilding story covered the development of shipbuilding from the Bronze Age (2,100BC to 700BC), to the beginning of the 18th century. During that time there had been some highs, notably in the Bronze Age that left … Continue reading

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Shipbuilding Part I Bronze Age to 1700

Boat and shipbuilding is one of the oldest branches of engineering and in Dover, the history can be traced back to the Bronze Age (2,100BC to 700BC), as we will see. An overview of the different aspects of shipbuilding is … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens and Dover

Charles Dickens (1812-1870), the famous 19th century British author, was a frequent visitor to Dover throughout his adult life. His first visit to the town was as part of an acting troupe in the 1830s, when the company played at … Continue reading

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