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Holyhead Harbour

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1880. Holyhead Harbour and Docks.
1880. Habour and Dock Plans.

'Begun by the late Mr. Rendel and completed under the able management of Sir John Hawkshaw, is regarded by the whole nation, if not by every trading nation in the world, as an inestimable boon to the perpetually increasing fleet of merchant vessels which come from all countries to Liverpool.'[1]

Up to the 1920s, the boats providing the Irish Mail service used the Admiralty Pier in the outer harbour. The North Wall and Greenore boats used the inner harbour, as did the Kingstown afternoon service when it was running.

1921 The London North-Western Railway, having gained a contract for the Irish mails, extended its lease of the harbour to 99 years and organised the dredging of the inner harbour.

By 1924 the deeper harbour was in use.

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