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Henry Berry

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Henry Berry, (1719-1812) was Liverpool's second dock engineer succeeding Thomas Steers and being succeeded by Thomas Morris.

He built Salthouse Dock, George's Dock and King's Dock in Liverpool. He designed Queen's Dock for the Hull Dock Company which opened Tuesday 22 September 1778.

In 1769 he checked Peter P. Burdett's survey for the route of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

He designed the Sankey Canal

1812 Obituary.[1]

On Thursday, the 30th ult. aged 92, Mr. Henry Berry, of Duke-street, formerly engineer of the docks of this port; he was appointed to the situation when there was only one dock; Salthouse and Georges’s Docks having been formed under his direction.

In the year 1755, the proprietors of the Sankey river, consulted with him respecting the rendering that river navigable, but after an attentive survey, he found the measure impracticable; and knowing, that the object they had in view, would be answered by a canal, he communicated his sentiments to one of the proprietors, who approving the plan, the work was commenced 5th Sept. 1755; but the project was carefully concealed from the other proprietors, it being apprehended that so novel an undertaking would have met with their opposition; however, the canal was completed the 9th. January 1758. The honour therefore of having been the projector and executor of the first canal navigation in the kingdom belongs to Mr. Berry. It was likewise under his direction that the river Weaver was rendered navigable.

Notwithstanding his great age, few marks of imbecility were observable.

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  1. Liverpool Mercury - Friday 07 August 1812