The new dry dock at the western end of the Western Docks was opened by King George V in July 1933, and named in his honour. It was designed by F. E. Wentworth-Sheilds and was, at 1200 feet long and 135 feet wide, the largest dry dock in the world at that time. It was built to accommodate the 1000 feet long passenger liners, including the Queen Mary, then being brought into service. It was taken out of service in 2005 and used as a wet dock. The dock and adjoining pump house are both Grade II listed.
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