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Inchgreen Dry Dock

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Artist's impression, 1962, Ben Cooper
Artist's impression 1962
© Ben Cooper

Inchgreen Dry Dock, Greenock, was built in 1962-1964 by the Firth of Clyde Dry Dock Company Ltd. At the time, it was one of the largest dry docks in the world, measuring 1,000 feet long, 145 feet wide, with a depth of 50 feet, designed to accommodate ships of up to 150,000 tons deadweight. The liner Queen Mary was used as a guide during its design.

Construction of the dock cost £4.25 million, of which more than half was made up from a Board of Trade loan, with the remainder provided by a number of Clyde shipbuilders and Scottish banks.

The artist's impression from 1962 shows the dock on the right, with the repair quay to the left.

The photograph shows the dock under construction, when one of the Butters Bros level luffing cranes was being assembled.

Construction, Ben Cooper
Construction
© Ben Cooper

The repair quay has gone, together with the cranes which served it, while the dry dock still has two of the older Butters Bros cranes in place, along with a more recent crane by William Arrol.

In 2013, the dock was readied for use for the first time in 10 years, having last been used to for construction of a giant floating dock for HMNB Clyde, the naval base at Faslane. The floating dock had been completed and floated out of the dock in 2009. Prior to that job, the last time the dock was used for a ship was repair was in the summer of 2005, for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel Sir Tristram.

In February 2013, the 26,000 tonne ferry Finnmarrow (chartered to Stenaline) was towed to the Clyde for repairs following a berthing incident in Wales. Damage to the ferry was reported to have occurred as the ferry was arriving at Holyhead from Dublin Port.

Photographs

Butters Bros cranes, 2010
Butters Bros cranes
© Ben Cooper
William Arrol crane, 2010
William Arrol crane
© Ben Cooper
Inchgreen Dry Dock, 2011
Inchgreen Dry Dock
© Thomas Nugent
Floating jetty build for Faslane base, 2008
Floating jetty build for Faslane
© Thomas Nugent
Floating jetty build for Faslane base, 2008
Floating jetty build for Faslane
© Thomas Nugent
Finmarrow in Inchgreen Dry Dock, 2013
Finmarrow in Inchgreen Dry Dock
© Thomas Nugent


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