Swansea and Port Talbot Docks History

Cargo handling at Swansea

The following photographs show some of ther varied cargoes that have passed over the wharves at Swansea.

The 1930s. All the cranes are powered by water hydraulics

Working cargo 1945

Loading railway locomotives

Loading steel railway sleepers

D Shed Wharf in the 1940s

Jumbo crane in the cargo shed

New car being loaded for export. Taken some time in the 1930s

1930s - Ford Anglia and Prefect cars

1935 - Morris 8 series 1 cars

Loading leather to the ss Samdark, May 1945

Loading loco from barge

1948 - Austin A40 Devon and Dorset cars

1948 - loading an Austin A40 Devon

The overhead gantry in A Shed

Dockers loading a lorry into the hold, probably 1950s

Loading coal using a breakage sheet

Mobile crane handling tractors for export at D Shed 1954

Vehicles for export in the 1950s

Discharging Zinc concentrates

Shed foreman Albert Palmer standing alongside a 45 ton Mack truck imported from the USA in 1967. The truck was unloaded from the m.v. ‘Coventry City’ by the port’s 50 ton floating crane

13 Ton propeller for aircraft carrier H M S Hermes loaded aboard the mv Tara in 1987

Steel coils for export

Two more heaves to go!

Loading tinplate

Steel coils for export

The three pictures above are Dockers loading the mv Jalakendra from Bombay

Receiving coal by lorry at 4 Quay Wharf for shipping

Aluminium slabs on D Shed Wharf

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