The Captain Cook Graving Dock

Start Time: 6:00 PM AEST. The Captain Cook Graving Dock at Sydney’s Garden Island marked the 75th anniversary of its opening in 2020.
The Captain Cook Graving Dock

The Captain Cook Graving Dock at Sydney’s Garden Island marked the 75th anniversary of its opening in 2020. It was built at the height of the Second World War to accommodate the largest ships of the day and was a major engineering feat.
The loss of the dry dock in Singapore after the Japanese invasion of Malaya underlined the need for the dry dock in Sydney. The combination of engineering capabilities brought together for the construction of the dock was unique at the time.


The presentation includes site selection, sizing, construction of the coffer dam, reclamation, advanced concrete placement, use of pre-cast concrete piles, and work force issues. Most of the work was undertaken while Sydney was under the threat of attack. The submarine attack on Sydney on 31 May, and naval gunfire into the eastern suburbs on 8 June 1942, further emphasised the urgency to complete the dock.


As the largest dry dock in the region, it continues to serve not only the Royal Australian Navy but also commercial shipping in Australia, New Zealand and the wider Pacific.


The Captain Cook Graving Dock has been approved by Engineers Australia Heritage for recognition, though the ceremony to unveil a plaque to formalise this has been delayed by COVID-19 restrictions.

Speaker Colin Randall is Archivist with the Naval Historical Society of Australia and a member of that society’s management committee.

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19 / 04 / 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm
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