New dock built in Portsmouth - but when?

Dock construction under way. Picture: Costen.co.uk
Dock construction under way. Picture: Costen.co.uk
THEN: Full of life and shops galore  the eastern end of Highland Road in Edwardian days with Kassassin Street on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Snapshot of life in Edwardian Portsmouth

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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?