1760 - Fire in Dockyard

3rd. July 1760 a fire broke out just after midnight in one of the major storehouses of the yard that contained large quantities of pitch, tar, turpentine and other combustible materials, and soon got out of control and spread to surrounding buildings. It was generally thought that lightning caused the fire as a great thunderstorm was raging at the time. The rain increased in intensity for some hours, which was eventually to be the saving of the Dockyard. However great damage was done to the Dockyard.