ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ASSOCIATION
CAPTAIN COOK GRAVING DOCK
The following booklet was put together by George Hicks (formerly LS Phot) for the 50th Anniversary of the Captain Cook Graving Dock in 1995. It was forwarded to me by Sandy McNab and gives a fascinating insight into the Dock's construction.
This was the greatest engineering feat in
Australia's history, surpassing even the Harbour Bridge. It involved the
reclamation of 30 acres between Potts Point and Garden Island, with the
construction of the graving dock 1,139 feet 5 inches (347.29 metres) long, 147
feet 7.5 inches (45 metres) wide, with 45 feet (13.72 metres) draught of water
on sill at spring tide.