Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Two - The Era of Optimism, Investment & Development - The gridiron and slipway of the Penarth Shipbuilding & Ship Repairing Co. . . .

1910 - s.s. 'Chaco' - installation of a new boiler at the works of the Penarth Ship Building & Ship Repairing Company, Limited.

• 1910 - s.s. 'Chaco' - installation of a new boiler at the works of the Penarth Ship Building & Ship Repairing Company, Limited. The photograph was first seen in the Cowbridge GEM newspaper who covered the story :

'A local historian, Brian Keitch of Penarth, recently discovered a number of fascinating old photographs of the area – taken by a relative more than 100 years ago! Brian explained: “Over 100 years ago, my great grandfather, John Lewis, lived in the Penarth area and was a very keen photographer.“ A collection of the glass plates he took circa 1905 to 1910 have come down to us and provide a glimpse of what interested him all that time ago.'

'In this photograph, A new boiler is being supplied to the SS Chaco. We see one of a series of photographs of placing a new boiler into the steamship Chaco of the Argentine Republic in Penarth Docks. In the background are the River Ely coal tips and also a few steam locomotives of the Taff Vale Railway, which had their own engine shed where Tesco supermarket is now. The boiler was supplied by William Bearmore Construction of Dalmuir.' - The Cowbridge GEM [638] [639] - 12th January 2018.

The photograph has been dated to March or April 1910 by reference to numerous advertisements within newspapers such as the Evening Express [135] [361] which carried the following advert or variants upon it : 'Wanted, Cook. French, Spanish, or Italian : £8 monthly. - s.s. Chaco, Penarth Dock.' The ship is described as an 'Argentinean Transport' and the rate was previously only £6 - 15s a month during March advertisements!

I contacted Brian who gave his kind permission to use this photograph on the Penarth Dock website. Thank you and best wishes Brian.

 

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