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Re: King George V Dock, Liverpool
she would have to go past a line of docks to get upriver to either turn or reverse into the angled lock entrance!
The only drydock large enough for Indomitable was the Gladstone Graving Dock, opened by King George V in 1913. It was within Gladstone Dock (a wet dock), itself opened by the same monarch in 1927. It may be that the writer of the passage in the book was referring to this graving dock. That said, normal entry to it would be through Gladstone Dock Lock Entrance, hardly "... a long line of other wharves along the Bootle and Liverpool waterfronts ..." from the entrance to the port.
Whilst reading the book Observation, by Hector Mackenzie concerning the Op PEDESTAL damaged carrier HMS indomitable, it states 'Our course into the King George V Dock brought us past a long line of other wharves along the Bootle and Liverpool waterfronts, which we passed at about a cable's distance. For what seemed miles, as we slowly glided in, all these wharves were crowded with dockers cheering us in.'
Having spent many hours searching on the internet, I have completely failed to find its exact location. Can anyone please clarify this annoying mystery.
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