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Operating the [Hamilton] Dock

 
 
Operating the [Hamilton] Dock Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 14, 2019
1. Operating the [Hamilton] Dock Marker
Inscription.  

'Our harbour now stands among the finest in the United Kingdom.'
Belfast News Letter, 2 October 1867

Hamilton Dock was filled at high tide and emptied at low tide.
[Photo caption reads]
Above
This cross-section plan shows the dock basin, high and low water marks, valves and pump well at Hamilton Dock.
[Orange inset reads] This is the location of the Pump House

Step by Step:
How did Hamilton Dock work?

Getting a ship into the dry dock for repairs or fit out was a difficult operation and required a considerable amount of coordination.

1 Keel blocks are arranged in a bed according to a docking plan for each ship
2 The dock is filled with water and the caisson is pumped empty and floated out
3 The ship is guided into the dock and moored over the keel blocks
4 The caisson is floated back into position, filled with water and sunk into its slot to plug the mouth of the dock
5 A diver inspects the position of the keel blocks before the ship comes to rest on them
6 The ship is held steady by

Operating the [Hamilton] Dock Marker - Step by Step image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 14, 2019
2. Operating the [Hamilton] Dock Marker - Step by Step
adjusting the mooring ropes and the ship gently lowers into position as the dock is pumped dry

[Ship photo caption reads]
Right
Portavogie moored at Hamilton Dock

[Yellow inset caption reads]
The caisson in place at Alexandra Dock
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 54° 36.387′ N, 5° 54.686′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Marker is on Queens Road, on the left when traveling north. Part of the Titanic Belfast complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Hamilton Dock, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT3 9DT, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Features of the Dock (here, next to this marker); Nomadic in Hamilton Dock (here, next to this marker); Keel Blocks (a few steps from this marker); Hamilton Dock Stone Construction (a few steps from this marker); Bigger Ships and Bigger Docks (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Hamilton Dock Stone Construction (a few steps from this marker); The Dockside: A Hive of Activity (a few steps from this marker); Building the Dock 1864-1867 / Hamilton Dock (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
 
Also see . . .  The Hamilton Graving Dock.

Operating the [Hamilton] Dock Marker - Portavogie moored at Hamilton Dock image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, Undated
3. Operating the [Hamilton] Dock Marker - Portavogie moored at Hamilton Dock
(Submitted on June 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Operating the [Hamilton] Dock Marker - Caisson Photo image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, Undated
4. Operating the [Hamilton] Dock Marker - Caisson Photo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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