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The story of HMS London by Phil Leech
Phil Leech was asked to research the history of HMS
London and write a story about the ship with "a poetic
The story is all true and in 2009 was included as part of the
Chatham Dockyard celebrations commemorating 25 years since its
Says Phil: "Three members of the Friends of Medway Libraries
have been helping with a Creativity Without Borders
project which involved the whole group researching the history of
Chatham Historic Dockyard. I was asked to write a brief story in
poetic form that could be included in the Creativity Without
Borders presentation at the dockyard on 13 June 2009.
"I was searching for information that would link Chatham
Dockyard with the transportation of convicts to Australia. There
wasn't a link, as convicts were transported in merchant ships, not
"While searching the web, I came across a brief description of
HMS London. Following it up, I discovered that HMS
London had taken part in the abolition of the slave trade, a
cruel trade that had continued in East Africa for several years
after abolition across the British Empire.
"As the Royal Navy is, even now, patrolling off the coast of
East Africa (Somalia), looking for pirates this time, not slave
masters, it seemed appropriate that I should write my story about
"I am grateful to the librarian at the Dockyard Library for
allowing me to research the history and actions of HMS
London. In that library I discovered enough facts to fill a
book but I only need a story, so here it is."
Story of the HMS
London (pdf 52KB)
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