Dunoon Pier, Scotland
|Spans:||Firth of Clyde|
|Construction:||Timber piles braced in pairs by diagonal timbers with outer piles battered to resist force of berthing ships|
|Year Opened:||(i) 1835; (ii) 1895|
|Storm damage:||1848, 1991, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012|
|Restoration:||1845, 1849, 1867, 1888, 1896-8, 1937, 1980s|
The first Dunoon pier appeared in 1835 and was then enlarged in1867 to cater for the growth of paddle-steamer traffic. Fleets of steamers brought holidaymakers from Glasgow to Dunoon right up to the late 1960s and the pier is still visited by the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, the P.S.Waverley. In June 2009, the Waverley was grounded and had to be taken out of service after it struck Dunoon Pier. Both the steamer and the pier were damaged and several passengers suffered minor injuries.