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Clarence Dock
Clarence Dock Entrance.jpg
Clarence Dock entrance
Location Vauxhall, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°25′09″N 3°00′07″W / 53.4191°N 3.0019°W / 53.4191; -3.0019Coordinates: 53°25′09″N 3°00′07″W / 53.4191°N 3.0019°W / 53.4191; -3.0019
OS grid SJ334918
Opened 16 September 1830
Closed 1928
Type Wet dock
Area 6 acres (2.4 ha), 273 sq yd (228 m2)
Width at entrance 47 ft (14 m)
Quay length 914 yd (836 m)

Clarence Dock was a dock on the River Mersey, England, and part of the Port of Liverpool. Situated in the northern dock system in Vauxhall, it was connected to Trafalgar Dock.


Designed by Jesse Hartley, the dock opened on 16 September 1830. Clarence Dock was named after William, Duke of Clarence, who became William IV.

It was built as a self-contained steamship dock facility. This was to avoid the risk of fire to wooden-hulled sailing vessels then using the other docks.

The dock was the berth for the Irish ferry ships. During the Irish famine in the 1840s over 1.3 million Irish people travelled through the dock. After many weeks or months, many took a took ship to America from Waterloo Dock, there being no direct sailings to America from Ireland. Others moved to London and other British towns and cities.

The dock closed in 1928, and was filled in 1929 when the site was used for a power station. The three large chimneys of the Clarence Dock Power Station were a familiar local landmark, known as the Three Sisters, until the power station was demolished in 1994.


SY Nahlin, Clarence Graving Dock, Liverpool - - 604869
The yacht Nahlin in the graving dock, 2001. The Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse is behind

The two Clarence Graving Docks are still extant and accessible via what remains of Trafalgar Dock.

As part of the Liverpool Waters development, Clarence Dock will become one of the clusters of tall buildings. It was one of the two clusters of tall high-rise buildings which have been agreed between Peel Holdings and English Heritage.

In 2004 it was proposed that a 60,000 seater stadium for Everton FC be built at Clarence Dock by the Mersey Docks & Harbour Company and the NWDA. This would have included a rapid rail service to be financed by the NWDA. Nothing became of this. However in 2016 the site re-emerged as one of two possible new locations for a new ground for Everton.

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