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Ackergill Lifeboat Slipway
Sinclair’s Bay, north of Ackergill, Highland, Scotland
associated engineer
Not known
date  1910
UK era  Modern  |  category  Docks/Slipway  |  reference  ND358545
ICE reference number  HEW 1500
From a distance you would be forgiven for thinking the Ackergill Lifeboat Slipway was made of timber — but you would be mistaken. Erected in 1910 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, it is thought to be the first ferro-concrete slipway in Britain.
The odd appearance of the structure is due to the timber-style frame used throughout, replicated in reinforced concrete. The posts and diagonals of the slipway are all chamfered-edged with gussets at the joints — details commonly found in timber structures.
The slipway provided a launch pad for the lifeboat into the water and when not in use, the lifeboat was stored on the slipway itself. Given the proximity to the North Sea, the use of reinforced concrete may have been unwise. However, the condition of the slipway today has proved otherwise. No spalling to the cover of the reinforcement has occurred and the structure has experienced little discolouration either.
Although no longer in use, the Ackergill Lifeboat Slipway is a fine example of early 20th century reinforced concrete and has survived intact despite the adverse weather conditions it continually experiences.
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Ackergill Lifeboat Slipway