The old wooden lock gates became obsolete when the Waterloo River entrance was commissioned shortly after WWII and gave direct access to the Prince's Half Tide Basin.
The Waterloo Entrance which replaced these gates aimed to make the docks more accessible to the Belfast and Dublin ferries which used Prince's Dock as a terminal before they migrated down the dock road. Then after a life of around 30 years Waterloo Entrance itself fell derelict.
I wonder just how long that old hut on Prince's Jetty will keep standing and that old passenger gangway has lain there probably since it was dragged up from the old Prince's Stage - shame it can't be preserved by the Maritime Museum and restored to the MD&HB colours - though I suppose by now it would collapse.
Prince's Jetty could do with restoration itself. Would make a fine viewing point especially when cruise ships arrive and depart.
Last edited by irishseashipping.com; 02-22-2009 at 09:25 PM.
Fine pictures, Kev, I'll have to get down there again soon.
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