Re: Re: Graving docks at Grand Canal Dock.
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Does not compute. First we get ‘preservation by record’, now preservation by burial?
This is a pretty remarkable piece of Victorian engineering. It should be a centrepiece of any redevelopment, not a foundation.
The filling in with sand was secondhand information, may not be reliable, although filling in things does sound like the prefered modus operandi of Dublin Port Company, at the moment.
On re-reading the article, I think Bindon B. Stoney over-saw the construction of the graving dock, but it may have been designed by George Halpin II.
It’s supposed to be 80 feet wide (not sure is that at the top or the bottom) and 400 feet long, being built to accommodate the latest mail steamers. Apparently it cost over Â£116,000 back in the day and it only went out of service in 1989!
I agree that it would be nice to think that someting this impressive would merit a better fate than to be back filled and forgotten, but surely the ideal solution is to fix the gates and keep it in use! Do you not have to paint the bottom of boats any more?