J3576 : Alexandra Dock Pump House, Belfast

taken 1 year ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Sydenham, Cliftonville and Skegoneill, Northern Ireland

Alexandra Dock Pump House, Belfast
Alexandra Dock Pump House, Belfast
The Pump House was originally built for the Alexandra Graving Dock which opened in 1889 and was extended in its original design allowing it to service both the Alexandra Dock and the Thompson Dock (where the SS Titanic was built) when the latter opened in 1911. The majority of the now-listed building and its impressive machinery remains in its original condition, standing as an example of large scale Victorian/Edwardian engineering. The former boiler room has been converted into a cafť and visitor centre for HMS Caroline which is currently open to the public at Alexandra Dock.
Belfast Harbour
Belfast Harbour is a major maritime hub, handling 67% of Northern Irelandís seaborne trade and about 20% of the maritime trade of the entire island of Ireland LinkExternal link . It is a vital gateway for raw materials, exports and consumer goods, and is also Northern Irelandís leading logistics and distribution hub.

The harbour's origins date back to 1613 when a Royal Charter for the incorporation of Belfast specified the need for a wharf at the confluence of the rivers Lagan and Farset in what is modern-day Belfastís High Street. By the early 18th century Belfast had replaced Carrickfergus as the most important port in Ulster and additional accommodation was necessary. A number of privately owned wharves were subsequently constructed on reclaimed land. The Belfast Harbour Estate is now home to many well-known businesses such as George Best Belfast City Airport, Harland and Wolff, Bombardier Aerospace, Odyssey, the Northern Ireland Science Park, Titanic Quarter and Titanic Belfast. Over 700 firms employing 23,000 people are located within the estate.

Belfast is only one of two ports on the island of Ireland to handle a full range of cargoes, from freight vehicles to containers, dry, break and liquid bulk, as well as passenger services and cruise calls.

LinkExternal link Belfast Harbour website
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Date Taken
Friday, 26 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 26 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Docks, Harbours 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 356 760 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.8559N 5:54.1087W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 353 761
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Belfast Harbour  19th Century  Nineteenth Century  Victorian  Pump House  Harland and Wolff  Listed Building 

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