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Greenock, Garvel Wet Dock

Dock (19th Century)

Site Name Greenock, Garvel Wet Dock

Classification Dock (19th Century)

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

Canmore ID 68398

Site Number NS27NE 31

NGR NS 29337 75925

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NS27NE 31.00 29337 75925

Location formerly cited as NS 295 758.

NS27NE 31.01 NS 29531 75888 Garvel Dry Dock

NS27NE 31.02 NS 29254 75979 North Leading Light

NS27NE 31.03 NS 29212 75945 South Leading Light

See also:

NS27NE 17.00 NS 29677 75697 James Watt Dock

NS37NW 18.00 NS 30304 75600 Great Harbour

This dock (essentially a broad basin) forms the NW part of the Great Harbour at Greenock. It is entered through an open entrance on the NW, and gives direct access to both the Garvel Dry Dock (NS27NE 31.01) and the James Watt Dock (NS27NE 17.00). A through passage allows access to the Great Harbour (NS37NW 18.00).

This dock is depicted, but not noted, on the 1993 edition of the OS 1:10,000 map.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 15 June 2006.


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.


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