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The Dry Dock at the Dockyard At Deptford

The Dry Dock at the Dockyard At Deptford

Surveyor: [Dummer, Edmund]

Medium: Ink and pigments on paper

Date: 1698

Shelfmark: King's MS 43

Item number: ff. 83v-84

Length: 516

Width: 671

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

As the royal dockyard closest to London, Deptford was the headquarters of the administration of the navy from Tudor times onwards, and the focus of a populous community of shipyard workers. This drawing is part of a comprehensive survey of the royal dockyards made in 1698. This work is attributed to Edmund Dummer who was chief surveyor to the British Royal Navy at this time, and was intended to illustrate the exact state of the dockyards.

This is a drawing of the dry dock at Deptford, shown both in plan and section. A dry dock is a narrow basin into which a ship is received, and from which the water is then pumped or let out, leaving the vessel dry for the purpose of repair. A dry dock is also used to build shipsThe amount of ground that the structure occupies and its value is recorded, both before and after the Revolution of 1688 when William and Mary of Orange ascended the throne as joint monarchs and defenders of Protestantism, in place of James II.

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