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Shipbuilding and Shipbuilders part II

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

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Shipbuilding and Shipbuilders part I

Boat and shipbuilding is one of the oldest branches of engineering and in Dover, the history can be traced back to the Bronze Age, as we will see. The descriptive terms used in shipbuilding are, as one would expect, nautical … Continue reading

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Rifles Monument

The Grade II Listed Rifles Monument, on New Bridge twix Camden Crescent and Cambridge Terrace, near the seafront, is a grand granite edifice with bronze decorations. It is 5.5metres (18feet) high and 2metres 6feet) square and is the only one … Continue reading

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Sir Francis Cockburn (1780-1868) – Canada, Belize, Bahamas and Dover

General Sir Francis Cockburn (1780-1868), is yet another unsung hero of Dover. Twice, during his army career his political masters assigned him to oblivion for his humanitarian stance. Nonetheless, he played a major role in the European settlement of Canada, … Continue reading

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Captain Carey, the Queen and World War I shipping in the Channel.

Newsflash, the Times special correspondent in Folkestone 28th October 1914: ‘The French Steamer Amiral Ganteaume carrying about 2,500 French refugees from Calais to Havre, struck a floating mine this afternoon about 12 miles off Cape Gris Nez. It is believed … Continue reading

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