Harbours and Docks : Their Physical Features

Leveson Francis Vernon-Harcourt Harbours and Docks : Their Physical Features, History, Construction, Equipment and Maintenance with Statistics as to their Commercial Development, (reprint of 1885 edition), Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Professor of civil engineering at University College London, Leveson Francis Vernon-Harcourt (1839–1907) drew on considerable practical experience, having worked most notably on London’s East and West India docks. The present work was first published in two volumes in 1885. This reissue combines in one volume the text and the plates, including plans and maps of important examples. The topics discussed include natural and artificial harbours; the impact of waves, tides and currents; and general principles of construction. Furthering Vernon-Harcourt’s aim to educate readers on both the theory and practice of hydraulic engineering, the work features case studies on specific projects (including their origins and condition at that time), shedding much light on the history and operation of infrastructure that proved essential for the development of modern trade. Of related interest, Thomas Stevenson’s The Design and Construction of Harbours (second edition, 1874) is also reissued in this series.