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.
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