Swansea and Port Talbot Docks History

Prince of Wales Dry Dock, Swansea

The first ship to enter the Prince of Wales Dry Dock on May 3rd 1899 was the Paddle Steamer Brighton, built in1878


The above photo shows the paddle steamer Brighton cutting the ceremonial ribbon as she entered the new Prince of Wales Dry Dock in 1899. The ribbon was saved as a memento of the occasion by Mr Thomas Picton Richards, of local shipping agents TPR Richards Turpin & Co., and shown below.

Ceremonial ribbon used at the Prince of Wales Dry Dock opening


Advertisements from a 1902 year book


The 25 ton crane installed when the Dry Dock changed over to electricity in the early 1920s


ss Oriflamme 5920 tons gross 400.5- ft long 51.2- ft wide. Owned by Messrs Davies & Newman Ltd London


repairs being carried out on the ss Cape Corso in November 1917


ss Cape Corso repairs


ss Cape Corso on the completion of the repairs


Two ships in the dry dock. In the background is the Western Hydraulic Station for the Kings Dock


Aerial view of the ss British Commodore in the dry dock


Steel barges in the Prince of Wales Dry Dock September 1942




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