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Life as a Dockyard Matey (Event from 2017)

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Royal Naval Association, 66 Fareham Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO13 0AG

Rob Clark, author of the book ‘Keeping the Royal Navy Afloat – Life as a Dockyard Matey’, presents the working-life story of his father-in-law, William ‘Bill’ Cue, who lived in Gosport and worked as a plumber in Portsmouth Dockyard from 1934 to 1974.

Rob now has additional pictures and information, which he will share with you through photo albums and projected images at this event. One particular feature is a cartoon picture drawn in 1942. It shows three characters believed to represent the Charge-man, Inspector and Foreman who were in charge of the plumber workmates during the war.

Generations of local people learnt and plied their trade at Portsmouth Dockyard. At knocking off time, woe betide anyone who stood in the way of the tidal wave of bicycles heaving out of the gates as hundreds of Mateys made their way home!

Through his books and talks, Rob helps to retain such important social history for future generations about what life was like working in the Dockyard.

Please feel free to bring along your own photos or documents of time worked in Portsmouth Dockyard, as these can be shown around at the end.

Talk lasts approx 60 mins.


Please note that this is an Event from 2017


No Booking Needed


Wheel chair accesible toilets Service dogs welcome Accesible parking Mobility impaired family friendly


Rob Clark





MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

Near Gosport Business Centre



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