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The Docks

Since 1843, the passengers and cargo passing through Southampton's docks have brought prosperity to the town. Discover the story of the docks and explore them with interactive maps.
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Dock growth in pictures

See how Southampton town and its docks grew: over 1000 years of history in pictures.
 Southampton Old Town
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Overview of eastern docks (19020) (200 x 120 px)  Gateway to the World

In the 1930s, Southampton handled nearly half of the UK's ocean-going passenger traffic and millions of tons of cargo - making the port the 'Gateway to the World'.
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Town Quay and Royal Pier

A trading place for centuries, discover Town Quay, the heart of Southampton`s maritime heritage. The town`s pier was the departure point for ferries to the Isle of Wight. The area was also home to flying boats and Southampton`s floating dock.
 Harbour Board Offices
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Eastern Docks  Eastern Docks

Southampton`s first dock was opened in 1843. During the next seventy years, the town`s docks grew rapidly to cover a large area, now known as the Eastern Docks.
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Western Docks

The largest single dock expansion scheme in the port`s history opened in 1932. It provided over 2 km of quay space and the country`s largest dry-dock. Learn how the Western Docks rejuvenated Southampton`s port.
 Western Docks
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Port Maps  Port Maps

Southampton`s port has grown to cover a large area. Explore the port using our interactive maps.
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King George V dry-dock

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When did Southampton's first dock open?
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