The Howland Great Wet Dock

By J.G. Broodbank, published February 1912


The first dock constructed in the United Kingdom was the Howland Great Wet Dock at Rotherhithe, built sometime before 1703 when it was first recorded as being in use. Shown in the accompanying engraving, the dock occupied ten acres, and could accommodate as many as 120 merchant ships. In 1763 the dock, presumably no longer profitable, was sold and renamed the Greenland Dock, reflecting its new use for the whaling trade. Later owners renamed it again (as the Commercial Dock), and eventually it became part of the Surrey Dock complex.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

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