Ferrol - Urban History
Dock Dockyard, with the careening docks (1850)

The Dock Dockyard (1762-70) is situated between the Park Dockyard (left) and Esteiro Shipyards (right). Maintenance and repair work was carried out there, particularly the delicate operation of careening - cleaning seaweed and barnacles from the ships' hulls - work that was essential to keep the vessels seaworthy and prevent shipworm. The careening docks made it possible to avoid the dangerous operation of tilting ships on their sides.

Lithograph of Josť Alonso Esquivel (1850), © Museo Naval de Madrid. Modified by J. Gelpi