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Mobile cranes used in the construction of the terminal.

Stock of piles used to construct the jetty.

Pile of stones waiting to be placed on the breakwater.

In the distance the jetty under construction. The road goes all the way to Cornelly Quarry.

Conveyor transporting the ore from the jetty to the stock yard

Conveyor rising to discharge into the hopper and then on to the Stockyard.

Grabs to be used on the unloading cranes.

The man standing along side the grab shows how big they are.

Royal Opening of Port Talbot Tidal Harbour

             On the 12th May 1970 the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, officially opened the new Tidal Harbour at Port Talbot. The royal party travelled from Port Talbot station to the marquee reception area on the south side of the docks, and then on to Puckey House where the Queen unveiled a commemorative sundial and plaque.

 At midday the royal party inspected the new jetty where the bulk ore carrier ‘Westminster Bridge’ was berthed (see photo above), before returning to the marquee reception area for lunch. The accompanying music was provided by the British Steel Corporation Port Talbot Works Band. At 3.00 p.m. the royal party moved on to the steelworks where the Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the new Basic Oxygen Steelmaking Plant.


Orotava Bridge entering Port Talbot Harbour on the 15th March 1970
She was the first Ore Carrier to discharge at Port Talbot Harbour

Chelsea Bridge alongside jetty Port Talbot Harbour

Captain Yiannis alongside Jetty Port Talbot Harbour

Forth Bridge alongside jetty Port Talbot Harbour

Fotini L alongside jetty Port Talbot Harbour

Hoegh Rainbow entering Port Talbot Harbour August 1970

Hoegh Rainbow being pushed by tugs onto the berth August 1970

Johann Schulte berthing at the Jetty

King Alfred alongside jetty discharging coal at Port Talbot Harbour

Universe Aztec alongside the jetty 1976

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