National Geographic : 1940 Jan
SOUTHAMPTON-GATEWAY TO LONDON Photograph courtesy Southern Railway GIANT LINERS TIE UP IN A ROW AT SOUTHAMPTON'S MAMMOTH "NEW DOCKS'' A deep-water channel 600 feet wide, with minimum depth of 35 feet, affords access to the jetties, with their lines of warehouses. This addition to the port facilities was dedicated in 1933. Here the largest liners arrived and departed on regular transatlantic service before the start of the present war. Three years before the outbreak of the World War, the Ocean Dock was completed. During the World War more than 7,000,000 officers and men were embarked and disembarked at Southampton and more than 3,750,000 tons of stores were handled. Sometimes between 25 and 30 convoyed ships departed in a single night. Such scenes are being re-enacted today (page 91).