From June 2017, The Historic Dockyard Chatham will commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway with a spectacular series of exhibitions and activities. The temporary exhibition in No.1 Smithery is now showcasing Breaking the Chain exhibition.
This iconic anniversary commemorates one of England’s greatest naval disasters when the River Medway was engulfed in flames. In June 1667 the Dutch fleet sailed up the Medway and caught the English unprepared. This daring invasion brought the Second
Anglo-Dutch War to an end. Under Lieutenant Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, the Dutch captured the fort at Sheerness before entering the River Medway to attack the English fleet at Chatham. They broke through the defensive chain and, despite fire from
Upnor Castle, towed away the Royal Charles, England’s flagship and burned a number of ships. To prevent their capture and block the channel the Royal Navy sank some of its largest ships.
Although the dockyard was spared by the arrival of troops and artillery, the attack was a humiliating defeat for the English. In The Netherlands, the action is also known as the Battle of Chatham, the highpoint of the Dutch Golden Age.
A variety of events are happening in and around Medway for the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway.
During the period of the Dutch Raid commemorations (9th June – 18th June 2017), Jet Stream Tours are offering a drop off and collection service at Thunderbolt Pier at scheduled times throughout each day to passengers wishing to visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham and to take a cruise along the River Medway.
Visitors will be able to buy a one day pass to The Dockyard on board Jet Stream’s vessel and will be directed to the visitors entrance to activate their day ticket.
Please visit Jet Streams website for their times of service and for more details
This weekend is the grand finale of The Battle of Medway Commemoration Events run by Medway Council.
Entertainment will all be taking place along the River Medway, by Dockside Outlet Riverfront – Chatham Maritime. See the map.
Please note, The Dockyard will be open as usual on Saturday 17th from 10am – 6pm. Parking for the evening entertainment is available at a charge of £3 and parking for normal visitors to The Historic Dockyard during the day will be free as always.
You will NOT be able to see any of the fireworks display or entertainment from inside The Historic Dockyard and we recommend using the viewing areas Medway Council have allocated.
Please see Medway Council website for all the details…