Active years - 1927 to present
This is the time of the huge Atlantic liners. Gladstone Dock is designed to receive them but will not be finished for several years. Some of port users think it will be too large for the needs of the port.
A huge graving dock is completed at Gladstone Dock. It measures 1050ft long and 120ft wide. This is large enough to take the largest transatlantic liners. Gladstone also has a very wide entrance lock - 1070ft long and 130 ft wide. This is the largest on the river. Both will be very valuable during World War II.
The Cunard liner, 'Aquitania', is in Gladstone graving dock when World War I breaks out [image, new window]. She has been damaged off the coast of Ireland in July 1914, and is converted into a trooper carrier while at Gladstone. The war slows the building of the dock.
Passenger liner companies are putting pressure on the dock company to complete the job at Gladstone Dock. They are in urgent need of suitable space.
Gladstone Dock is finished [image, new window]. There is:
An anti u-boat fleet is based at Gladstone Dock during World War II. The dock is also a base for transatlantic escorts and minesweepers.
A container terminal (called Royal Seaforth Dock) is planned for the land downstream of Gladstone Dock. Gladstone graving dock acts as a temporary container terminal during Seaforth's construction [image, new window].
The last transatlantic passenger service, a Canadian Pacific Liner, leaves Gladstone Dock for its final journey.
Gladstone Dock is still an active dock because it is large and deep enough for modern ships. Being near the river mouth it is less prone to silting than southern docks. It is part of Liverpool Freeport, and ships visiting Royal Seaforth Dock and Container Terminal use its entrance. Part of the dock is used as a depot for scrap metal exports, and the sheds on the south quay have made way for an imported coal depot.