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Sailing ships in the River Tawe in 1845.

Sailing Ships in the river at Cobre Wharf 1847

Weavers Flour Mill North Dock Basin.

Sailing ship in the upper basin of the North Dock.

s.s. ‘Flora’ raising steam alongside Weavers Flour Mill in the North Dock Basin,
 Swansea, in 1949. This is now the site of Sainsbury’s car park

Sailing Ship loading coal in the North Dock.

Ship loading coal in the North Dock.

The Winterhude in the North Dock Basin.


HMS Foresight in the North Dock Basin Swansea

HMS Foresight was a Forward class scout cruiser built in Govan by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company. Laid down in October 1903 and launched on the 8th October 1904, she was completed in August 1905. For the next four years HMS Foresight served in the reserve of the Portsmouth Division of the Home Fleet, after which she joined the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla as its leader. In 1910 she joined the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, and then in 1911 the 6th Flotilla at Dover.

At the outbreak of the First World War HMS Foresight joined the Dover Patrol, and later the 8th Destroyer Flotilla at Dover. In October 1914 she took part in operations off the Flanders coast which helped  protect the Allied flank during the battle of the Yser. In May 1915 she was temporarily moved to the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron on the Humber, guarding against Zeppelin raids on the east coast. In 1915 she served in the Mediterranean and then, from July 1916 to the end of the war, in the Aegean where, in November 1916, she assisted the wounded survivors of HMHS Britannic. In 1920 HMS Foresight was sold for scrap to Granton Shipbreakers on the Firth of Forth.

Strand Power Station. North Dock in the background.

Aerial photo of the North Dock Basin in the 1930s.

Lock gates into the North Dock Basin taken in 1966.

Haulage Depot on the filled in North Dock in the 1960s.

North Dock Basin filled in with Weavers Mill in the background before being demolished.

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