Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .
Volume One - Into the Victorian Age - The Penarth Shipbuilding & Ship Repairing Company Limited . . .
The 1898 launch of the "Eirene" at the slipway of the Penarth Dock Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing yard.

The 1898 launch of the "Eirene" at the slipway of the Penarth Dock Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing Company yard. [038]

 
The 1898 launch of the "Eirene" at the slipway of the Penarth Dock Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing yard.
The 1898 launch of the "Eirene" at the slipway of the Penarth Dock Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing yard.
The 1898 launch of the "Eirene" at the slipway of the Penarth Dock Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing yard.

1898 - The launch of the "Eirene" at the slipway of the Penarth Dock Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing Company into the River Ely. Mrs. Beasley is the lady holding the rope to perform the launching ceremony. This fine photograph is held within the People's Collection Wales and the creation of the photograph is accredited to T. L. Howe of Penarth. [048] The Barry Dock News reported the launch : - 

LAUNCH OF A NEW MISSION BOAT. - 'On Saturday evening last the new boat Eirene, built for the Missions to Seamen Society, was successfully launched from the Penarth Ship- building and Ship-repairing Company's Yard. Penarth Dock. The Eirene is intended to take the place of the old mission yacht Grace, and is for visiting the ships and fishing fleets and anchor in the roads and the lightships and lighthouses between Cardiff and Lundy. Forward there is a saloon, which is so constructed that, by the removal of the tables, the whole room is available for Divine service, or for meetings of the social character. Necessary arrangements have also been made for the celebration on board of the Holy Communion. It was announced that the whole sum needed for the purchase of the vessel had been subscribed, and she would be launched free of debt. Speeches followed by the Rev C. J. Thompson (vicar of St. John's, Cardiff), and others. Master Cedric A. F. Browne (the chaplain's son) presented Mrs Beasley with a handsome bouquet of flowers. Mrs Beasley performed the christening ceremony amid cheers from the assembled crowd, and the Eirene took to the water splendidly. We understand that the bishop will attend next Monday for the consecration service, and she will shortly after proceed on her trial trip.' - 13th May 1898 - [140] [361] - Barry Dock News [20190520]

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