1801 - Dockyard Chain Barrier

Ye Mighty Chaine of Yron. Mottley’s guide of 1801 says: “The enemy can be stopped by a chain that always lies at the bottom ready to be immediately raised and fastened to both side.”

Writing in the Portsmouth Standard in 1842, Dr. Quarrier says: “I recollect the time when a chain was tied from Capstan Square to Blockhouse Point.”

It is believed that Dr. Quarrier served on the Royal William (at Portsmouth) from autumn 1799 until the early part of 1801. It is thought probably that this is the last chain to have been stretched across the mouth of the harbour and was laid down in 1801 during the French invasion scare.(See 1522 and 1664)