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The ledgers in our collection provide an insight into Chatham’s role as an operational Royal Dockyard and the workforce that sustained it.

They include Victorian-era lists of hired workmen of all trades , a record of some of the first women working in the Ropery and Sail & Colour Loft, salary lists, accident books, movement logs, post-war ship repairs and a small collection of apprentice lists.

Our transcribed ledgers can be found here:

Apprentices

Dockyard Apprentices June 1975 – Sept 1980

Engine Fitter and Armament Fitter Apprentices, 1878 – August/September 1958

Artificers 

Artificers No.14 Description Book 1861

Employee Registers – Captain of the Dockyard

CD DEPT EMPLOYEES. LEDGER 4 1954-55

CD.DEPT. LEDGER 3 1953-54

Employee Registers – Finance

Expense Accounts Department_1940-1980

Employee Registers – General

LEDGER M. C. D. II_1940s-1960s

Salaried Officers, Clerks etc_c.1878

Employee Registers – Hired Lists

Hired List_ 1865_ Register 14A & 14B Ordered Alphabetically

Hired List_ 1865_ Register 14A Part Two

Employee Registers – Officers

D14 Service Register of Officer’s Servants on day pay 1892 – 1950

Salaried Officers Register 1838-1880

Employee Registers – Sail & Colour Loft

Sail and Colour Loft I

S&C Loft Ledger 2

S&C Loft. Ledger. No.6

LEDGER no.7

S&C LOFT LEDGER No 8

Employee Registers – Trades

Dockyard Trades number 42_1881-1920s

Construction Dept. D.192A.M.209A.S.472A Staff.

CANDIDATES FOR RECORDERS 1903-1967

PIPE WELDERS & PIPE SHOP

Engineering Dept. Employees 1894-1950

TRADE LIST 42 c.1880 -1915

Employee Registers – Works Dept.

REGISTER WORKS DEPT. WORKMEN No 2_1881-1930s

REGISTER OF WORKS DEPT WORKMEN REGISTER No 3_1930-1933

REGISTER OF WORKS DEPT WORKMEN No1_1850s-1920

Index of Workmen to No. 2 Register_no dates

Works Department Workmen no.2 plus mechanics_1921-1926

Hurt Books & Medical

Ledger No.2(1) Medical Staff Etc_1904-1920

Ledger No2 continued Medical Staff

Surgery Book 1859-1871

Ships & Stores Ledgers

Ledger 33-A-Z Vessel Moves 23-08-1922 – 31-12-1929 SBV

LEDGER STORES_1936-1968

Ships in Dry Dock_1951-1983

Naval stores cargoes list