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Malcolm Lewis
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    Response from Nicholas Blake on Marhst 11.09.19
    I am grateful to Nicholas Blake (author of Steering to Glory, a day in the life of A Ship of the Line) for his response to my query posted on the Marhst website. I copy it below with his permission.

    Neither Menorca nor Gibraltar had dry docks at this date. Mahon never had one during the age of sail; there was a careening wharf there in 1763 but as you say, Mahon was not British between 1756 and 1763. Gibraltar’s first dry dock was built in 1905-06 as part of a programme of expansion started in the 1890. In the previous century careening was carried out at Tangier and Tetouan (Morocco) but by 1759 only at Gibraltar.
    These details are drawn from the Naval Dockyards Society’s volume of transactions, “Gibraltar as a Naval Base and Dockyard”
    N.Blake
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