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Trafalgar Dock

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Dock in May 1903. 1905.
Docks in October 1903. 1905.
View taken in May 1903. 1905.
Progress of Wall in February 1904. 1905.

Part of Southampton Docks

c. 1894 The Prince of Wales Dock was constructed

1904 The Trafalgar Graving Dock was completed

1910 Work to enlarge the Trafalgar Graving Dock began because the entrance was too narrow, being not much wider (2ft 6 in) than the Prince of Wales Dock. The widening of the Trafalgar was achieved by paring down the side walls and adding compensating material in the shape of counterforts to the back.

The original gates were replaced by a sliding caisson, which would make it possible to retain the water in the dock after the tide has begun to ebb.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The Engineer 1911/07/07