Category Archives: Ships

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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Packet Service II – Joseph Churchward and the Violet

‘Once the leader of Dover, died in London on 2 January 1900 at the ripe old age of 81. We regret to record the death of Mr Joseph Churchward which occurred at his residence, Gilstone Road, Kensington, on Tuesday evening … Continue reading

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Packet Service I to 1854

The earliest known sea-going craft in the world is the Bronze Age Boat kept at Dover Museum. The Bronze Age period is usually given as between circa 2,100BC to 700BC and this boat was built about 1,500 BC. It took … Continue reading

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Glatton – the Catastrophe and the Salvage

In the foyer of Harbour House, Waterloo Crescent – the headquarters of Dover Harbour Board (DHB) –  is the bell from the World War I (1914-1918) monitor ship Glatton. It is a reminder of a wartime catastrophe that was kept … Continue reading

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Channel Submarine Telegraph and Telephone Cables

Beacon similar to one used to warn of the Armada invasion 1588. Dover Museum   Up until the mid-19th century communicating over distances was fraught with natural problems such as the weather. At the time of the Armada (1588), beacons … Continue reading

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