The Royal Albert Pie, Portsea

Part of the map showing the Royal Albert Pier with the 'new' Harbour  railway station built over it.
Part of the map showing the Royal Albert Pier with the 'new' Harbour railway station built over it.

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I was recently given a copy of a map of Portsea showing the town fortifications and layout of the Royal Dockyard in 1860. The map has been over-drawn with the modern layout of Portsea.

To the bottom left of the map running under the harbour railway station, there was at one time a long pier running from The Hard. Starting from opposite the Keppels Head hotel it then curved in an arc to the west of Gunwharf.

It appears to have run several hundred yards out into the harbour and was named The Royal Albert Pier and dated 1847. I would imagine it was made redundant in 1876 when the harbour station was constructed over part of it.

The pier was opened for use 1847 and was 1,249 feet long. Does anyone have any knowledge of it at all?