Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway

R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd. 0-4-0ST, Works No.3863, Built 1935.

Six ships of the Royal Navy have been named H.M.S. GOLIATH, named after the biblical giant, Goliath.

  1. Was a 74-gun, third rate ship of the line built by Deptford Dockyard.
    It was laid down on the 10th April 1779 and launched on the 19th October 1781.
    On the 3rd October 1781, the ship was paid off at Chatham and broken up the following year.
  2. Was renamed in 1826, prior to completion, becoming H.M.S.CLARENCE, an 84-gun, ship of the line, which was completed in 1827.
    The ship was burnt in 1884.
  3. Was a 80-gun, 2 deck, second rate ship of the line, built by Chatham Dockyard.
    It was laid down in February 1834 and launched on the 25th July 1842.
    On the 22nd December 1875, the ship was destroyed by fire while at anchor in the River Thames near Grays.
  4. Was a Canopus-class pre-dreadnought, built by Chatham Dockyard.
    It was laid down on the 4th January 1897, launched 23rd March 1898 and completed on the 27th March 1900.
    On the night of 12-13th May 1915, whilst anchored in Morto Bay, off Cape Helles, it was sunk by a torpedo fired from the Turkish torpedo boat destroyer MUAVENET-i MILLIYE.
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  6. Were tugs requisitioned for use during World War Two.

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