The Pump House
The pump house, built c.1867, contained the important machinery used to empty the dock of water. Inside the pump house was a boiler and a steam engine, which drove one underground centrifugal pump. A tall brick chimney - to release fumes and create a draft for the furnace - once stood on the end of the building.
A furnace stoked with coal or coke heated water in a boiler, producing steam which drove the engine and in turn worked the pump.
When the caisson, or dock gate, was in place, the water was pumped out from the pump well and from there it was released through an outlet pipe into the sea.
It could take up to six hours to empty the dock of 3 million gallons of water.
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The steam engine drove an enormous 24-foot (7.3m) cogwheel.
This in turn drove a much smaller wheel, which drove a set of centrifugal pumps in the well. The pumps forced the water along the culverts and out of the dock.
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Above These original plans showing the boiler and pump well were drawn in 1865 by Benjamin Hick and Son of Soho Iron
Above These plans were meticulously drawn by hand to show the exact positions of the pump machinery
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 54° 36.367′ N, 5° 54.713′ 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. A different marker also named The Pump House (here, next to this marker); Hamilton Dock By Numbers (a few steps from this marker); Queen's Island Shipyard / Belfast's Industrial Growth (within shouting distance of this marker); Building the Dock 1864-1867 / Belfast's Industrial Growth (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen's Island Shipyard / Hamilton Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Poop Deck (within shouting distance of this marker); Building the Dock 1864-1867 / Hamilton Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); Hamilton Dock Stone Construction (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Also see . . . The Hamilton Graving Dock. (Submitted on June 18, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 18, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.