Cubs Big Day Out Chatham Historic Dockyard
3rd October 2009
It's not often that the Editorial Team are let out of their office from under the stairs, but one lucky member was invited to join the 1st Eynsford & Farningham Cub Pack on their Big Day out to Chatham Historic Dockyard, yesterday 3rd October.
We had an early start to meet the specially arranged minibus courtesy of Sevenoaks District Council to make out way to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham where we would meet up with Crockenhill, Horton Kirby, New Barn and 6th Swanley Cub Packs as well as Cub Packs from all over Kent.
Once we had disembarked our minibus and Akela had completed the registration we went off to our start point which was the Ropery. Here we learnt how rope was made and had a go at making our own rope which we were allowed to keep. We then went through to the rope room which is 1/4 mile long. Not wanting to tire ourselves out to early we slipped out of a side door, to go and see some of the ships on display. The first was HMS Gannet which was a warship from Victorian times. We then went to explore the submarine HMS Ocelot which was the last ship of any type to be built at Chatham. The conditions on board were very cramped and we had to get through some very small areas. The best bit was bing able to look through the periscope at what was going on above us!
After Ocelot we had a look at the Destroyer HMS Cavalier, there was more room on here than on the submarine, we were able to have a look as the big gun on the front, the bridge, the signalling lamps and conditions in side. The best bit was the NAAFI where we saw lots of sweets and food which the crew would have eaten when on board. Speaking of food it was now time to have our packed lunches! After our sumptuous lunches we had a look round the National Lifeboat Museum and then we has some free time to go to the souvenir shop. After the shop we joined the other 2,300 Cubs and Leaders for a party where we were entertained by the Hullabaloo Roadshow and had a cake & drink. After some dancing to Hullabaloo it was time to go home after an action packed, windy day in the dockyard.
To see what fun we had click here