1801 - New Dockyard Water Supply
27th October. Bentham proposes the New Water Supply for the Dockyard. The old system could not cope with the new demand of a growing fleet and the thirsty steam engines. The new boring was 18 inches in diameter and descended to a depth of over 300 ft. The water in the bore rose to within 25 feet of the surface. A steam engine pumped it through a ring main to the major buildings and wharfs in the yard.