Swansea and Port Talbot Docks History

Prince of Wales Dry Dock, Swansea

Completion of the Prince of Wales Dry Dock in 1898 (photo courtesy of Paul Smith)

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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