Keeping Britain Afloat

"The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril"
Winston Churchill


Publicity for Keeping Britain Afloat

11 February 2014 The Romford Recorder We started in the East and the nice journalists at the Romford Recorder were quick to pick up on our story. Read more 6 March 2014 The Plymouth Daily We were advised that a gaggle of Navy veterans lived in the South West The Plymough Daily helped us to locate them. Read more 12 March 2014 Southern Daily Echo Our route back to London mean't we were in the Hampshire county and the Southern Echo were quick to notify their readers. Read more 14 March 2014 Medway Messenger With a key focus of the project being about Chatham ratings the Medway messenger were very keen to help push the project. Most of our veterans have come from the Medway areas. Read more 19 March 2014 The Bromsgrove Standard Bromsgrove ran the same story as the Medway team.


Keeping Britain Afloat Exhibition

Legasee’s permanent exhibition was launched at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham on the 21st of May 2015. Specially invited guests included 19 Convoy Veterans and their families, volunteers, partners and stakeholders including the Heritage Lottery Fund, alongside over 300 visitors who came to the Historic Dockyard to visit the exhibition on that day.

The exhibition is located next to HMS Cavalier which was the Royal Navy's last operational Second World War destroyer and is now preserved at Chatham as a memorial to the 142 British destroyers and over 11,000 men lost at sea during the war.

“This exhibition is not only a wonderful tribute to the brave men and women who kept vital supply routes open in WWI but also a great addition to our visitor offer. For the first time, people will not only be able to walk on the decks of H.M.S Cavalier, read about the Convoys of WWII and then actually listen to the men and women who were there.”
Alex Patterson, Collections & Galleries Manager CHDT

You can visit the exhibition as part of a fantastic day out at the dockyard. Find out more at


Teach your students about the incredible convoys of WWII

A series of educational lesson plans have been created to accompany this project. These resources explore the historic aspects of the convoys as well as the contemporary issues relating to trade by sea in today’s global economy. They cover KS1-3 and are cross curricula in theme.

“These Lesson Plans are a great addition to CHDT’s education material as they have been well researched and designed to engage children, get them thinking about the role of the convoys, what it was really like and the importance of sea trade still today” Alex Patterson, Collections and Galleries Manager CHDT

The Legasee Education Trust created these teaching resources with the support ofLuton Junior School in Chatham to develop the resources.

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