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1868 - Dockyard Ropery Closed

May The Dockyard Ropery was closed. With the revolution in ships steam propulsion the need for rope gradually diminished and rope making was concentrated in Devonport and Chatham Dockyard. Senior officers of the Ropery and selected men were transferred to other yards but many others were discharged from the Dockyard causing much hardship in the town.