New dock built in Portsmouth - but when?

Dock construction under way. Picture: Costen.co.uk
Dock construction under way. Picture: Costen.co.uk

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Big crowds for the big band sound

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Deep in this massive hole a single horse awaits its next load as a new dock is built in Portsmouth Dockyard.

There was an inscription on the bottom of this photograph, now illegible. But numbers could be made out which might have referred to the date – 1896? Does anyone know?