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Name: SOUTHAMPTON DOCK
Type: Floating Dock
Launched: 02/05/1923
Completed: 1924
Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd
Yard: High Walker (also part from Low Walker)
Yard Number: 990
Dimensions: Weight 18990tons, 960.0 x 170.0 x 20.5ft; lifting capacity 60000tons
Engines: n/a
Engines by: n/a
Propulsion: n/a
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: n/a
History:
1924 Southern Railway Co, Southampton
28/03/1939 The Admiralty; renamed AFD 11
1959 Rotterdam Drydock Co; renamed PRINS BERNHARD DOCK (or NO 10)
1984 Fa van Rijn Dijk, Rotterdam
1984 Verolme Shipyard, Brazil
24/12/1984 Wrecked
Comments: Ordered by the London & South Western Railway Co at a cost of 380,000
01/01/1923 : Company renamed Southern Railway Co
Launched in sections from both the High & Low Walker Yards
1924: When completed it was the largest floating dock in the World
It had an overall length 960ft, being made up of seven sections; Five middle sections 139.25ft long and two end sections 102.6ft long that had cantilevered platforms at their outer extremities.
With a clear width inside between the side walls of 130.7ft, the total internal area of the deck was three and a half acres. The outside walls were 70ft high and the depth of water over the blocks when the dock was fully submersed was 38ft.
Any one of the seven sections could be disconnected from the remainder and docked. By turning the sections through ninety degrees, they could pass between the side walls of the dock.
The dock was fitted with four mechanically operated shores on each side for mutually adjusting the dock and the ship so that its centre line lined up accurately over the keel blocks.
These shores were 63 feet long and made of 3ft by 2ft mild steel beams. They were actuated by cast steel racks and pinions, each shore exerting a pressure of 10 tons at a speed of one foot per minute.
27/02/1940: Moved to Portsmouth
1984: The sale to van Rijn Dijk was for scrapping or "further use outside of Europe"
17/12/1984: PRINS BERNHARD DOCK left Rotterdam in tow of the SMIT HOUSTON for Rio de Janeiro. The dock was loaded on 2 independent barges, one fwd & one aft, with a gap in between.
24/12/1984: During a storm in the Bay of Biscay, the high swell caused the dock to break into two sections. One part was wrecked on the coast south of La Corunna.


Leaving the Tyne on 17/04/1924. Photo courtesy of Harry Cutter

The AQUITANIA in dry dock

The MAJESTIC in dry dock

The SEA-LAND RESOURCE (946ft) in PRINS BERHARD DOCK. Photo courtesy of Reinier van de Wetering

The FRISIA (855ft) in PRINS BERHARD DOCK. Photo courtesy of Reinier van de Wetering

The HOEGH LAUREL (777ft) in PRINS BERHARD DOCK. Photo courtesy of Reinier van de Wetering