the rear deck of the ship with the Red Ensign flag flying

The machinery on the afterdeck is the capstan, a rotating machine which is used mainly for handling the mooring ropes. The two green hatches provide access to the stearing gear compartment and an escape route from the engine room.

Behind the ship on the dry dock wall you can see the date that the dock was originally opened, 1813, plus depth markings in roman numerals. Next to this ‘DEEPENED AND REBUILT 1840’ has been carved in the stonework.