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1755 - Lisbon Earthquake

3rd November. A great earthquake struck Lisbon, Portugal.

Strangely this was felt in Portsmouth Dockyard but not in the town. At about half past ten in the morning, the vessel Gosport was being taken into dock to be cleaned when she pitched forward; recovering, the stern then dipped into the water as deeply as the stem and then was greatly agitated. The dock gates were forced open about six inches. In the basin, which had not the least communication with the dry dock, lay the Berwick, Dover and another ship along side the jetty.These felt the shock at the same instant and rolled violently, but no one on land was affected or could perceive that the land under or about them moved.