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ss Racine at No 3 Hoist and the sv Charles Bal on mooring buoy. Prince of Wales Dock in 1900.


Prince of Wales Dock in the 1900s.


Royal Naval 19th century broadside ironclad warship (name & date unknown) in the Prince of Wales Dock


View of Prince of Wales Dock looking east from original lock entrance, c.1900s


Hydraulic cranes loading vessel in the Prince of Wales Dock in the 1900s


Sailing vessel 'Grace Harwar' loading coal in the Prince of Wales Dock in 1929.


Sealing of the Prince of Wales lock entrance river side. Taken in 1931 ( From the Gareth Mills collection ).


Sealing of the Prince of Wales lock entrance dock side. Taken in 1931.


This photo is listed as number one tinplate shed and was sent in courtesy of John Jones. The photo
above was taken in 1931, and in it you can see H shed which along with K shed were the two tinplate
sheds on the P o W Dock. Our conclusion is that the numbers might have been changed to letters when
G W R took over the docks in 1923. Having said that, it is only our suggestion, but it is the kind of thing
the G W R would have done. During my time working on the Docks I came across lamps in some of the
old cabins with G W R stamped on the glass support that held the filament. When the G W R took over
the docks in 1923 everything required for the running of the Docks was made or obtained from their main
workshops and stores at Swindon.This was the sort of thing that made the G W R (Gods Wonderful
Railway as some called it) stand out above the rest.

 
Regents Wharf in the 1960s. On the right is the entrance to the Prince of Wales Dry Dock.
Centre is the blockedlock entrance to the Prince of Wales Dock shown in the Photos above.
On the wharf are Barry Dean & Ray Smith



Minesweepers in the Prince of Wales Dock in 1947.


Paul Westlas in the Prince of Wales Dock loading coal.


Glen Hafod Discharging sand in the Prince of Wales Dock.
 
Stream Fisher
In September 1952, whilst loading a cargo of anthracite at No. 5 Hoist in the Prince of Wales Dock, water
began to flood the engine room of the ‘Stream Fisher’ as some of the ship’s port-holes had inadvertently
been left open. A joint effort to pump out the vessel was made by the Swansea Fire Brigade and the
Britannia Towing tug ‘Clyneforth’, but this was to no avail and the ‘Stream Fisher’ eventually
sank with her port side resting on the bottom of the dock. Fortunately there were no
casualties, and the ‘Stream Fisher’ was successfully raised a few weeks later.



The Stream Fisher on its side.


The above photo shows the 'Stream Fisher' being raised with the assistance of the 60 ton floating crane


 Unidentified vessel stands at the coal hoists, with the houses of
Port Tennant in the background the early 60s.



M.V. Lievin alongside one of the coal hoists in the early 60s. Lloyd's Register of Ships for 1964/5 reveals that the
Lievin was a 3 cyl. steamer, of 2622 Gross Net Tonnage, built by At. & Ch. de laLoire in 1947,
owned in 1964 by Cie. Maritime et Commerciale du Sud-Ouest and registered at Bordeaux.



The Malcolm Miller berthed in the Prince of Wales Dock. In the background the main stores building.



 

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