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Bigger Ships and Bigger Docks

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 14, 2019
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Hamilton Graving Dock was continuously in use with ships being repaired, serviced or fitted out. It was leased by the Harbour Commissioners to Belfast's two main shipyards, Harland and Wolff and Workman Clark, as well as to ship owners.

Most ships received an annual service in a dry dock. Ships were bring made bigger and bigger from the mid-1860s onwards and in 1871, only four years after Hamilton Dock was finished, there were calls from Belfast's ship-builders for a larger graving dock.

Alexandra Graving Dock opened in 1889, and Thompson Dry Dock, where 'Titanic' was fitted out, was finished in 1911. By this time Belfast had the largest shipyard in the world.

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Above Celebrations at the opening of Alexandra Dock in 1889

Below Europa in Hamilton Dock

Left: Overlaid cross sections of No.2 Graving Dock, Hamilton Dock, Alexandra Dock and SS Olympic docked in Thompson Dock. The steady increase in the size of the dry docks reflected the requirements of Belfast's shipyards which were building ships bigger than ever before.

Thompson Dock was the

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 14, 2019
2. Bigger Ships and Bigger Docks Marker (back)
largest graving dock in the world when this photograph was taken in 1911

By 1911, Belfast had the largest shipyard in the world.

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Olympic in Thompson Dock, 1911
 
Location. 54° 36.393′ N, 5° 54.68′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in County Down. 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. The Dockside: A Hive of Activity (here, next to this marker); Hamilton Dock: Refurbishment and Restoration (here, next to this marker); Keel Blocks (here, next to this marker); On Board SS Nomadic (a few steps from this marker); Features of the Dock (a few steps from this marker); Operating the [Hamilton] Dock (a few steps from this marker); Nomadic in Hamilton Dock (a few steps from this marker); 1908 Harland and Wolff Shipyard (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Hamilton Graving Dock. (Submitted on June 17, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Shipbuilding in Belfast. (Submitted on June 17, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 14, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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