LateSail has moved – Welcome to our new home in Chatham Historic Dockyard

Did you know we’ve just moved to a really exciting location? Don’t worry, nothing else has changed. Our expert team is still here to answer your charter queries. Read on to find out about our new offices in one of the country’s most important maritime centres.

24th Apr 2019

Kyle, Yacht Charter Assistant at LateSail

Over our 20 year history, LateSail has picked up and moved home quite a few times.

We originally started out in Canterbury before packing up shop and opening our office in the hustle and bustle of London’s Soho. Swapping Chinatown for a pebble beach and an Oyster Festival, LateSail then moved to Whitstable, before eventually returning to our roots in the city of Canterbury.

Our team has grown and we decided we needed a home that is bigger and a little closer to our maritime industry roots.

We are now bang smack in the middle of Chatham Historic Dockyard, situated along the River Medway. Our view has since switched from a pretty mundane car park, to the massively impressive war ship HMS Gannet from the 1800s. Just feast your eyes on her majestic beauty.

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HMS Gannet

A little bit of history about Chatham Historic Dockyard

Formerly a royal/naval dockyard, the site is now mainly home to blasts from the past that have played critical roles in maritime heritage, with old warships and artefacts within sight from our window. From Grade I and II listed buildings, many of which are now in demand as film sets, a submarine, RNLI museum and old steam engines, these are some of the features found at Chatham Historic Dockyard. We’ve even got a brewery and the Copper Rivet gin distillery across the way…tempting for the guys and gals in the office!

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RNLI Museum
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HMS Cavalier

Three historic warships

HMS Gannet, a Royal Navy sloop-of-war launched in 1878, is right next to us. She was built in Sheerness Dockyard – might I add, the hometown of yours truly.

Further along are two more warships, HMS Cavalier (C-Class Destroyer) and HMS Ocelot (Oberon-Class Submarine). It’s pretty great leaving the office on your lunch break and being presented with these three marvels of engineering on your way to grab a sandwich!

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HMS Submarine Ocelot

Film and TV at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Not only is The Dockyard an amazing part of history, it’s also pretty heavily featured in TV and film. Fans of Call the Midwife or Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr version) may recognise a few of the buildings in our immediate surroundings. In fact, the boatyard scene in Sherlock Holmes was filmed, quite literally, a stone’s throw away from where we sit right now. Who knows, you may see a few of our faces on the TV at some point!

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Chatham Historic Dockyard

Our office is situated in the old Joiners Shop. Before it was turned into the delightful office space it is today, it actually used to be in a horseshoe shape and home to stables.

Rumours float around of distant neighs in the night, as the ghosts of horses trot around the grounds. For believers of ghosts, human or horse, you may have even seen this building on an episode of Britain’s Most Haunted on which it was featured. Very spooky indeed.

If you’re in the area, please do come in and say hello.

Get in touch

Email us at info@latesail.com or call us on 01227 479 900, or visit:

LateSail Ltd, Unit 33, The Joiners Shop, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ

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