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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

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

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

Last updated: 11 May 2020

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