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Ramsgate No.1 Slipway
Ramsgate Harbour, Ramsgate, Kent
associated engineer
Not known
date  1838
era  Victorian  |  category  Docks/Slipway  |  reference  TR384647
ICE reference number  HEW 1321
A working slipway constructed in 1838 to improve the repair capability of John Smeaton's 18th century harbour. The design follows Morton's patent.
The ramp is 40ft wide and measures 300ft above low water, sloping at 1:16. It is constructed from granite blocks and topped with three sets of double rails, 11ft apart. Along these runs a wheeled cradle which can bear weight of up to 500tons.
The cradle was originally worked by a manual capstan but this has been replaced with an electrically driven winch.
reference sources   CEH South

Ramsgate No.1 Slipway