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Shipbuilding Part III Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815

Dover shipbuilding can be traced back to the Bronze Age (2100BC-700BC) – see Shipbuilding Part I. The demand for ships produced in the town had oscillated over the centuries reaching new heights in the 18th century. As the century progressed, … 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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Packet Service V LCDR & the Route to Dover’s Prosperity

Prelude: London, Chatham & Dover Packet Service 1860-1874 English packets out of Dover, that is ships carrying official messages and mail, evolved over the centuries. By 1624, there was a well-organised service to and from the Continental mainland. In the 1850’s … Continue reading

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Packet Service IV London Chatham & Dover Railway Company and the Samphire Accident

The London, Chatham and Dover Railway Company (LCDR) won the potential lucrative packet contract for carrying mails, both official and private, across the Channel from Dover to Calais in 1863. Two years earlier the Company’s railway lines reached the town … Continue reading

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