• Many artefacts were manufactured from the wood and metal taken from the ships when they were broken up at Castles Yards and sold as mementoes to anyone interested in a souvenir of a particular ship of the line. The weighing scales shown [...]

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    HMS Ganges

    22 Aug 2018

    The above photo shows the decking taken from HMS Ganges broken up at Castles Yard at Cattedown Plymouth in the early 1930s.  The original decking was later supplied to the proprietors of the Burgh Island Hotel located off the south coast of [...]

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    The photograph shown is of the foreshore at the site of the Castles Shipbreaking Yard located at Charlton on the River Thames. The wood has been identified as belonging to two sailing ships and one metal ship broken up by Castles being HMS Duke of [...]

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    The photograph above shows the rear yard at Castles Wharf in Woolwich around 1910.  The figureheads of HMS Cressy and HMS Glasgow can be seen in the far background. The former figurehead of HMS Cressy was subsequently displayed on the new Head [...]

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    The Orion figurehead appeared on the central gate at Baltic Wharf in the late nineteenth and early  twentieth century and presented an imposing figurehead, which would  have been admired by the many passers by walking down Milbank towards the [...]

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