Basic Site Details

Name: Floating Dock Gate
Town, district or village: Alloa
City or county: Clackmannanshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Mr George MacFarlane of Dundee has nearly completed a floating dock gate for the new wet dock at Alloa. This gate is of novel construction, the usual description allowing only of the crossing of foot passengers, while this is to serve for the passing of horses carts and carriages. It is wholly composed of iron, and is 42 feet long and 10 feet wide; it is divided into five compartments in the height, the lower two divisions to be filled with masonry for ballast, while the others are to be water-tight, and are to act as air chambers to float the mass when the tide rises to a depth of about 15 feet; or it can be sunk to any depth required by opening the chambers and allowing the water to flow into them. This gate was designed by Mr Charles Ower, harbour engineer, Dundee. [The Civil Engineer and Architect’s Journal 1 February 1862 Page 63]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Dock  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11862 Build/construction 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Ower (senior)Architect, Engineer 1862  


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Civil Engineer and Architects' Journal1 February 1862  p63