Harwich – Old Naval Yard (King’s Yard) and Men-of-War Built


I like a good list and this sign shows all of the ships built at the Old Naval Yard (King’s Yard), with it being particularly active during the Anglo-Dutch Wars. The location didn’t have sufficient deep water access to the larger ships that were needed later on so its usefulness started to diminish. Unfortunately, I understand that every single ship constructed here has been lost whether sunk, scuppered, set on fire or broken up. The Navy used the dockyards between 1652 and 1713, with the site being used by private operators until the early nineteenth century. There’s more about the history of the site at https://www.harwich-society.co.uk/maritime-heritage-trail/the-navyard-wharf/.