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Chatham Historic Dockyard: The Ropery

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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.


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.

DSCN7563-7 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.


DSCN7561-6 The heads which combine the strands into one rope.

As the strands pass through the heads they are combined

DSCN7575-9 Keeping the rope taught and a quick way to get from end to end of the Ropery

DSCN7578-10 The finished rope is coiled

The Ropery still makes traditional ropes for sailing ships etc but also produces rope…

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