#520996 - 20th May 20114:02pmRe: Birkenhead Docks
Mmmmm. I sit corrected. I was told by a guy on the docks moons ago that it was "hit by a bomb". Obviously he was only partly right ! Yes Bert, the nearby blast would have worried the top part a bit and no doubt they truncated it to make it safe.
A few tons of masonry crashing down on your swede would have spoiled the weekend !
Registered: 25th Jan 2009
Loc: Surrey, UK
The Great Float hydraulic tower and engine house was completed in 1863. It provided power for opening dock gates and operating the swing/bascule bridges. Apparently, it was modelled on the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence, Italy. [See pic below...]
Shame it was so badly damaged in World War II and so crudely rebuilt afterwards. There were plans to convert it into a hotel at one point.
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