Brunswick Dock

Coordinates: 53°23′20″N 2°59′00″W / 53.3888°N 2.9833°W / 53.3888; -2.9833
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Brunswick Dock
Brunswick Dock
LocationLiverpool, United Kingdom
Coordinates53°23′20″N 2°59′00″W / 53.3888°N 2.9833°W / 53.3888; -2.9833
OS gridSJ347884
OwnerCanal & River Trust[1]
TypeWet dock
Area12 acres (4.9 ha), 3,010 sq yd (2,520 m2) (in 1858)[3]
Width at entrance60 ft (18 m) (in 1858)[4]
Quay length1,086 yd (993 m) (in 1858)[4]
Brunswick Dock is also the name of a dock in London, which became part of the East India Docks.
British Empire Dockyards and Ports, 1909

Brunswick Dock is a dock on the River Mersey, in England, and part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the southern dock system, connected to Coburg Dock to the north, Toxteth Dock to the south.


First suggested in 1809, the dock was built by Jesse Hartley between 1827 and 1832, when it opened, specifically for importing timber.[5] The dock was Hartley's first.[6] It consisted of two lock entrances from the river. In 1854, Cato, Miller & Company built ships at Brunswick Dock. The dock was rebuilt with a southern extension in 1905 by Anthony George Lyster.[5] The dock closed in 1975,[2] although one lock was reopened in 1987 for small watercraft.[5]


The Royal Navy Headquarters for the North of England (RNHQ NE) is on Brunswick Dock, which includes the Royal Naval Reserve shore establishment HMS Eaglet.[7] The Archer-class patrol vessels HMS Biter and HMS Charger are based in the dock. Due to tidal restrictions at Brunswick, however, the two ships spend most of their time at Langton Dock in the North dock system in order to enable them to carry out their University Royal Naval Unit training programs more effectively.

This and the other docks in the southern system are owned by the Canal & River Trust,[1] with part of the dock set aside for moorings within Liverpool Marina.


  1. ^ a b "Liverpool Canal Link Skipper's Guide" (PDF). Canal & River Trust. August 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Brunswick Dock". Liverpool History Online. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009.
  3. ^ Baines 1859, Part II, p. 104
  4. ^ a b Baines 1859, Part II, p. 117
  5. ^ a b c Pollard & Pevsner 2006, p. 270
  6. ^ Ashmore 1982, p. 162
  7. ^ "HMS Eaglet (Liverpool)". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009.


Further reading[edit]

  • McCarron, Ken; Jarvis, Adrian (1992). Give a Dock a Good Name?. Birkenhead: Merseyside Port Folios. pp. 18–20. ISBN 9780951612941. OCLC 27770301.

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