Look back in time: Massive Falmouth docks civil engineering project remembered (From Falmouth Packet)
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Look back in time: Massive Falmouth docks civil engineering project remembered
4:00pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
Former Falmouth Grammar School student Grenville Cockings has kindly given the Packet this picture, taken around about 1956, of the construction of Queen Elizabeth Dock at Falmouth Docks.
The image shows work progressing on the construction of Queen Elizabeth Dock, Number 2 Dry Dock, and will doubtless be of interest to many local people who can remember those days. The job was the biggest civil engineering project the port had ever known and anticipated the dawn of the super tanker era. The dock was officially opened by Prince Philip in May 1958 Mr Cockings, who lived in Trelawney Road, took the picture during a break from his time at the grammar school.
He later returned to the school where he completed his A-levels. After studying engineering at Sheffield University, Grenville went on to work as an engineer in the aeronautical industry. He now lives in Yeovil.
Members of Grenville’s family, including his sister Jennifer Snow, a former Penryn Junior School teacher, still live in Falmouth.
Grenville said: “During a break from school I worked on the dry dock construction project. I remember that it was very hard, physical work. There were hundreds of men there digging out the dock by hand. We worked in pairs, breaking up the ground and shovelling up the soil and stones. I think there were 800 of us on this task.”
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