Swansea and Port Talbot Docks History

The original Prince of Wales Dry Dock, Swansea

The original Prince of Wales Dry Dock pictured in 1898 as it nears completion (photo courtesy of Paul Smith)


Pockett's paddle steamer Brighton entering the new Prince of Wales Dry Dock as part of the official opening ceremony on 3rd May 1899


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


Prince of Wales Dry Dock's 25-ton electric crane


Clyde-built general cargo ship Border Knight in the Prince of Wales Dry Dock c.1910


Modifications to cargo ship Cape Corso – November 1917


Modifications to cargo ship Cape Corso – November 1917


Clyde-built cargo ship Cape Corso on completion of modification works – November 1917


Tyne-built tanker Oriflamme in the Prince of Wales Dry Dock c.1925


With an overall width of 120ft. (36.5m) the Prince of Wales Dry Dock had the capacity to accommodate two ships at any one time


With an overall length of 440ft. and a 57ft. beam, the British Tanker Company ship British Commodore was a tight fit in the 450ft. long Prince of Wales Dry Dock


Construction of ferro-concrete barges in the Prince of Wales Dry Dock – September 1942


The following aerial photos of the original Prince of Wales Dry Dock were taken in 1949











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