Keeping Britain Afloat
"The naval convoys of World War Two"
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.
"This exhibition is not only a wonderful tribute to the brave men and women who kept vital supply routes open in WWII 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."
Collections & Galleries Manager, CHDT
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.
You can visit the exhibition as part of a fantastic day out at the dockyard. Find out more at THEDOCKYARD.CO.UK
We are enormously grateful to the Heritage Fund and it's players for helping to finance this project.
We secured good press interest in the project: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.
6 March 2014 Southern Daily Echo We were advised that a gaggle of Navy veterans lived in the South West of England. The Plymough Daily helped us to locate them.
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.
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.
19 March 2014 The Bromsgrove Standard Bromsgrove ran the same story as the Medway team.
MEET THE VETERANS FROM THIS PROJECTSEE ALL VETERANS
Alec Kellaway began his career in the Royal Navy aboard the ill-fated HMS Hood.
Austin talks about life in Bradford during the early years of the war before he joins the Navy to do his bit as a DEMS gunner on-board SS Induna.
In May 1941 Alf Burton was onboard HMS Rodney in the North Atlantic. From his vantage pint in the funnel, he witnessed the Bismarck sinking.
John Woodward worked on a Minesweeper during WWII. Operating out of the Thames estuary his skipper was a wily fellow who used all sorts of tactics...
Rodney Newham lives in the RNBT’s Pembroke House in Gillingham. In the war he worked as a boiler maker in the Chatham dockyard. He describes in detail the work and dangers of work at the time. ...
Vic Ould gives a fascinating account of his life aboard Destroyer HMS Carron. She was involved in ensuring safe passage of the Troop ship 'Monsters'.
Albert provides a great account of his life at sea onboard the Flower-class corvette, HMS Oxslip.