Survey Data

Reg No




Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Historical, Social, Technical

Previous Name

Dublin Dockyard Company/Ringsend Dockyard Company

Original Use

Dry dock


1795 - 1800


317895, 233943

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Two former graving docks, built 1796, now disused. Cut limestone retaining walls. Recent smooth rendered enclosing wall to north, east and south boundaries. Situated on east side of Grand Canal Basin.


Grand Canal Dock, built to designs by William Jessop, opened in 1796 and marked the completion of the Grand Canal from the Shannon to the Liffey, terminating in deep water docks next to the mouth of the River Dodder. These 'graving docks' were built for ship repair and construction. They were used by the Dublin Dockyard Company from 1851 to 1881, and by the Ringsend Dockyard Company from 1913. However, due to the insufficient size of the sea locks and silting caused by the Dodder, it was difficult for ships to enter the basin. With the decline in the use of the canals, the basin became largely redundant. While no longer in use, historic fabric remains to the dock retaining walls. They act as strong reminders of the former industrial use of the basin.