Font Size

100% 150% 200%

Background Colour

Default Contrast
Close Reset

Greenock, Garvel Dry Dock

Dry Dock (19th Century)

Site Name Greenock, Garvel Dry Dock

Classification Dry Dock (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Garvel Point; Greenock Harbour; Garvel Graving Dock; Garvel Docks; Upper Firth Of Clyde; Inner Clyde Estuary

Canmore ID 68374

Site Number NS27NE 31.01

NGR NS 29531 75888

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
Canmore Disclaimer. © Copyright and database right 2019.

Toggle Aerial | View on large map

Digital Images

Administrative Areas

  • Council Inverclyde
  • Parish Greenock
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Inverclyde
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Archaeology Notes

NS27NE 31.01 29531 75888

For (adjacent to S) James Watt Dock (NS 29677 75697), see NS27NE 17.00.

Formerly entered as NS27NE 19.

Visible on vertical air photographs, (OS 88/041/100, 102, flown 1988).

(Undated) information in NMRS.

'Garvel Graving Dock (1871), engineer W R Kinipple'.

J R Hume 1976.


Construction (1871)

Project (2007)

This project was undertaken to input site information listed in 'Civil engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' by R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.

Publication Account (2007)

On 6 July 1871 the foundation stone of the Garvel graving dock to the design of the Harbour Trustees’ engineer W. R. Kinipple was laid. The dock was 650 ft long, built of Dalbeattie granite and completed in 1877 at a cost of £80 000.

R Paxton and J Shipway

Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' with kind permission of Thomas Telford Publishers.

Note (5 June 2017)

Garvel Dry Dock, which was constructed in 1871 as part of the Great Harbour scheme, was built on land that was once part of Garvel Park estate. The dry dock remains in use for ship repair.

Information from Historic Environment Scotland (AKK) 12 May 2017


MyCanmore Image Contributions

Contribute an Image

MyCanmore Text Contributions