Huskisson Dock

Huskisson Dock

Huskisson Dock is a dock on the River Mersey, England which forms part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the northern dock system in Kirkdale. Huskisson Dock consists of a main basin nearest the river wall and two branch docks to the east. It is connected to Canada Dock to the north and Sandon Half Tide Dock to the south.

The dock was designed by Jesse Hartley and opened in 1852. It is named after a former MP and Treasurer of the Navy, William Huskisson. Initially dealing in timber, it later traded in grain and provided berthing facilities for passenger ships on North American routes. The main basin was enlarged and a branch dock created in the 1860s to accommodate larger ships. The dock was expanded again at the turn of the twentieth century when two further branch docks were built.citeweb|url=http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/nof/docks/access/dock_history4.html|title=Trading Places: Huskisson Dock history|work=Liverpool Museums|accessdate=4 May|accessyear=2008]

On 3 May 1941 Huskisson Branch Dock Number 2 was the site of the SS "Malakand" explosion during the Liverpool Blitz, when 1,000 tons of explosives on board the ship were ignited during an air raid. Four people were killed and debris from the ship was strewn up to 2.5 miles away. [citeweb|url=http://www.mersey-gateway.org/server.php?show=ConNarrative.153&chapterId=1197|title=The ‘May Blitz’ 1941|work=mersey-gateway.org|publisher=E. Chambré Hardman Archive|accessdate=4 May|accessyear=2008] [citeweb|url=http://www.diduknow.info/blitz/0000_info.html|title=Liverpool Blitz: Attacks on the docks (SS "Malakand" Incident)|work=Liverpool Museums|accessdate=21 December|accessyear=2004] citeweb|url=http://www.level-two.co.uk/report.php?locname=huskisson|title=Huskisson Dock|work=Level 2: Urban exploration|accessdate=28 June|accessyear=2007] Largely destroyed by the explosion, Huskisson Dock was rebuilt after the War. Huskisson Branch Dock Number 2 was subsequently filled in and is now the site of a timber yard. Huskisson Dock remains in use, handling general bulk cargoes.

References

External links

* [http://www.liverpool2007.org.uk/docks/docks2.htm Liverpool North Docks map]
* [http://www.gwpda.org/naval/dkbkpl27.jpgHuskisson Dock historical map]
* [http://www.multimap.com/map/photo.cgi?client=public&X=333500&Y=393250&width=700&height=400&gride=333500&gridn=393000&srec=0&coordsys=gb&db=pc&pc=&zm=0&scale=5000&multimap.x=351&multimap.y=215 Huskisson Dock aerial photo]
* [http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/nof/docks/access/image75.html Photo: Huskisson Branch Dock No. 2 after the SS "Malakand" explosion.]


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