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Volume One - Into the Victorian Age - The Penarth Shipbuilding & Ship Repairing Company Limited . . .

The Demise of the Penarth Ship Building & Shiprepairing Company Limited.

During continued research at the archives of the National Museum of Wales at Nantgarw, I came across an extensive 58 page document entitled 'The Development of the Ship Repairing Industry in Cardiff 1820 -1920.' [629] [National Museum of Wales item : 2002.184/1] The author of the document is not known.

1895-96 - The Cardiff Directory Adevertising Sheet for Mordey, Carney & Co. Ltd.

1895-96 - The Cardiff Directory Advertising Sheet for Mordey, Carney & Co. Ltd. [016]

 

The text states that the Penarth Ship Building & Shiprepairing Company was wound up in 1895 when the slipways and works were taken over by Mordey, Carney & Co. Ltd. of Newport. In 1895 it is well documented that they took over the Windsor Slipways Dry Docks and Engineering Co., Cardiff.

The text continues : 'In 1916, it was again taken over by Elliot and Jeffery. Under their ownership, further dredging was undertaken so that the slipways could receive two vessels of 6,000 tons deadweight. The two jetties were replaced by repairing berths and when war conditions permitted the gridiron was removed.'

Whilst the last paragraph is plausible, I have a problem with the statement that the Penarth Ship Building & Shiprepairing Company was wound up in 1895 and the slipway and works taken over by Mordey, Carney & Company. I believe the author has mistaken the company and location, and that, as stated above, they took over the Windsor Slipways Dry Docks and Engineering Company in 1895.

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