Kent Coast Sea Fishing Compendium

Views of Dover Harbour
1595 to 1990

In 1595 new harbour works had been completed forming three great basins

By 1750 a busy commercial area had developed around the harbour basins formed in 1595

Dover (from the Ramsgate Road)
Drawn by W H Bartlett, engraved by R Wallis and published by George Virtue in 1842

The Pictorial Times, 1846
The Harbour of Dover from the Western Heights

The Pictorial Times, 1846
We understand it to be the intention of Government to proceed immediately with the construction of a harbour of refuge at Dover … The completion of the North Kent line to Dover will, in conjunction with this harbour, put the Government in entire command of the Channel.

The Graphic, 1872
Dover Channel Ferry: bird's-eye view of proposed harbour & water station

1899: Dover Harbour
Ordnance Survey six inch

1900: Victorian development swept away all remains of the medieval town and by 1900 a "Harbour of Refuge" began to take shape with huge piers and breakwaters forming an artificial sheltered anchorage of 610 acres

Dover Harbour circa 1906

Dover Harbour from the Hills (1908)

Dover - The Harbour (1908)
Through carriages to & from the L. & N.W. Railway via Willesden Junction

The Harbour, Dover (1909)

Dover Harbour 1920

Dover Naval and Commercial Harbours (1920)

Inner Harbour, Dover (1923)

1990: Dover's great harbour was complete by the First World War. The first car ferry service began in 1925; the first train ferry in 1936. Dover is now one of the busiest ferry ports in the world. During the Second World War shelling and bombing destroyed much of the town and there has been much post-war rebuilding
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