Chatham Historic Dockyard: The Ropery

Posted: December 11, 2017 in History, Kent, UK
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The Ropery in Chatham Dockyard is the only one of 4 original Royal Navy Ropeyards still in operation. Rope has been made on this site for over 400 years. The building is over a quarter of a mile long.

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The rope is made by taking individuals strands and winding them together. This process can be repeated a number of times to produce the required thickness of rope.

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Inside the ropery – the machinery travels from one end to the other in the production of the rope. At this end the strands are held in place.

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The heads which combine the strands into one rope.

As the strands pass through the heads they are combined

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Keeping the rope taught and a quick way to get from end to end of the Ropery

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The finished rope is coiled

 

The Ropery still makes traditional ropes for sailing ships etc but also produces rope made from more modern materials

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