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Description: Trafalgar Dry Dock
Date Listed: 14 June 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 135994
OS Grid Reference: SU4222610658
OS Grid Coordinates: 442226, 110658
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8939, -1.4010
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SU 4210 SOUTHAMPTON DOCKS
5/292 Trafalgar Dry Dock
Dry Dock constructed in 1905 and enlarged in 1913 and 1922. Built of concrete, the
original construction requiring 130,000 cubic yards of concrete. It had steel entrance
gates operated by direct acting vertical engines. Stepped sides with series of
concrete linking stairways. By 1913 although it was the largest drydock in the world
it was not large enough to receive the newly built SS Olympic so it was enlarged. At
the same time the steel gates were removed and replaced by a sliding steel caisson which
allowed the level of water inside the dock to be maintained against a falling tide. In
1922 the dock was enlarged again to accommodate the SS Berengaria. This was done by
cutting a V-shaped section into the head of the dock into which the liner's bow fitted,
leaving only 10 inches between the side of the ship and the dock wall. From 1924
onwards the larger Cunard liners began to be serviced by a large floating dock and after
1933 by the King George V Graving Dock. Included for historical interest for its
connection with the earlier ocean going liners.
Listing NGR: SU4255313582
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Source: English Heritage
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