Bristol's historic working dockyard has officially reopened after lying derelict for three years.

The Grade II Listed Albion Dry Dock, which provides repair, maintenance and shipbuilding services for vessels inside Bristol Harbour and beyond, was originally dug in 1820.

Ships were built on the site until Bristol City Docks closed to commercial traffic in 1977 - and the dock has lain derelict since 2016 - but the ss Great Britain Trust and Bristol City Council have reopened the site.

Matthew Tanner, chief executive of the ss Great Britain Trust, said: "This is an important first step in re-establishing the Dry Dock as a vibrant and economically active part of the harbour next to the ss Great Britain.  The re-opening of the Albion Dry Dock will also provide a significant boost for the local economy and create new jobs and opportunities."

The Albion Dock Company is run my maritime manufacturer Martin Childs, and Paul and Steve Beacham of Sharpness Shipyard and Dry Dock, which is based at the head of the Bristol Channel.

The Albion has already serviced a number of ships, including multi award-winning live music boat venue Thekla, and the Pelican of London.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: "Bristol's harbour is a huge asset for the city, central to our maritime heritage and a key tourist attraction with a strong leisure offer, as well as creating jobs and helping boost our economy."

 

News item taken from Bristol Post 6 Mar 2019, image Adam Gasson/ss Great Britain
Albion Dry Dock