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#898299 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:22pm Birkenhead Docks *****
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The Alfred Dock originally had three river entrances. In the view can be seen the river wall leading to the northern passage. In the distance is the Seacombe Ferry Landing Stage

Alfred Dock is named after Queen Victoria's second son Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh 1844 1900


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#898300 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:23pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ZipperClub]
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An early view of the One O'clock gun firing. The gun originally stood stood on the river wall not far from the Seacombe Landing Stage
The One O'clock gun was used by ships captains to set their chronometers for accurate navigation


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#898301 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:24pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ZipperClub]
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During the 1920’s the Alfred Dock River entrances and passages to the East Float were reconstructed to allow larger vessels that were coming into service access to the Birkenhead Docks
The Alfred Dock modifications cost the Dock Board's around £1,300,00 The dock covers an area of 8 acres 3276 yds


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#898302 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:25pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ZipperClub]
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A busy scene at the entrance to the Alfred Dock. In the river a Blue Funnel vessel waits to enter the Birkenhead Docks. In the distance to the right the Mammoth makes its way down river
The Alfred Dock's Southern entrance was filled in a number of years ago.


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#898303 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:26pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ZipperClub]
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The Blue Funnel vessel the Philoctetes entering the northern river passage to the Alfred Dock. On the right a accumulator tower that powered the opening and closing of the dock gates for many years
Philoctetes Built 1920. Scott's S. B. & E. Co., Greenock Broken up 1948


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#898304 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:27pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ZipperClub]
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HMS Conway entering Alfred Dock, at Birkenhead. The vessel was constructed entirely of wood. Her sister ships were HMS Rodney and HMS London
HMS Nile launched 28:6:1839; 4,375 Tons: 8-10 inch guns; 82-30 pdr; crew 850 24:7:1876 renamed HMS Conway; 14:4:1953 ran aground Menai Straits Anglesey broke her back


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HMS Phaeton entering the passage into the Alfred Dock. The vessel was converted at Birkenhead into a training ship for boys. She was later renamed Indefatigable II, and was moored off Rock Ferry on 15:1:1914
HMS Phaeton launched 27:2:1883; Barquentine rigged; 3600 tons; 10-6 inch guns; 3-3 inch guns; 10 Nordenfelds guns; 4 torpedo tubes; 18 knots


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#898306 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:28pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ZipperClub]
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A tug waits with the Blue Funnel vessel the Diomed at the northern entrance to the Alfred Dock, as a gig-boat takes a line to a shore-gang waiting on the river wall
Diomed Built 1922. Workman Clarke, & Co., Belfast Broken up 1952


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#898307 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:30pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ZipperClub]
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The tall-ship Pommern leaving the Birkenhead Docks. During the 1920’s and 30s a number of sailing ships made visits to Merseyside with various cargo.
1925 Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn, Åland. Pommern Ex Mneme Built. 1903 J. Read & Co., Ltd. Glasgow


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#898308 - 2nd Sep 2014 10:31pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ZipperClub]
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The tug Poolgarth tows the newly constructed Seacombe landing stage through the Alfred Dock at Birkenhead. This stage was to be used until it was replaced in 2000
In the 1920's and 30's the Seacombe ferry terminal buildings and approaches were rebuilt at a cost of £98,443


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A tug assists the Nubian as the vessel leaves the Alfred Dock at Birkenhead. In the distance can be seen the central accumulator tower that powered dock gates and bridges
In June 1920 a coaster crashed into a dock gates causing water to burst out into the Mersey and engulf a number of flats and barges


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The Ascania berthed in the Alfred Dock. On the right of the view the Dock Board’s 25 ton Floating Crane Titan waits to enter the East Float
The Dock Board operated five floating cranes, Titian, Samson, Hercules, Atlas and Mammoth


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The Ascania barges and small craft fill the southern corner of the Alfred Dock. In the foreground two of the barges built of Ferro concrete with hulls are protected by wooden fenders
Due to a steel shortage during WWII Ferro concrete was used to build barges


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The City Of Winnipeg waits in the Alfred Dock to enter the East Float. While alongside the vessel a small gig boat prepares to take a line to a shore-gang waiting on the quayside
City Of Winnipeg Built 1910. . Workman, Clark, Belfast Acquired 1914. Sold 1934


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The Blue Funnel vessel Theseus waits in the Alfred Dock. The Blue Funnel vessels began using the Vittoria Dock in 1909. The dock facilities and cargo handling were up-dated in 1966
The Alfred Dock use to have dockside sheds on the north and south sides. The has 511 yds. of quayside


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