Ship Joiner's Tool Chest and tools

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Ship Joiner's Tool Chest and tools

This tool chest belonged to my Great Grandfather, Albert Alfred SCOTT (16.8.1866-24.5.1929). He was a ship's joiner working mostly at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey, North Kent.

As part of their apprenticeship ship's joiners would have made their own tool chest, and many of the tools then held within it. Several of the tools in the chest have 'AS' stamped on them (this would have also aided identification in a busy dockyard!).

To me this chest is a direct reminder of the craftsman who helped build, and then keep in good repair, Britain's fleet of ships that helped create, what was by the time Albert was working, the biggest navy in the world.

It reminds me that without each individual, however humble their contribution may have been, such endeavours cannot be achieved.

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