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 - Investment in efficient coaling facilities at the dock . . .

Penarth Dock - An Ernest T. Bush postcard from the Royal Photographic Company of London.
Penarth Dock - An Ernest T. Bush postcard from the Royal Photographic Company of London.
No. 13 tip - Penarth Dock.
Penarth Dock and Basin - missing coal tips!

Penarth Dock - An Ernest T. Bush postcard from the Royal Photographic Company of London. It was posted in Penarth during 1913 so is logically a photograph of Penarth Dock which predates 1913. However, an enlargement (see lower image) reveals an anomaly. Coal tip numbers 15 to 18 inclusive situated in the basin were constructed and in use by 1900 with tip numbers 19 and 20, situated within the main dock, constructed in 1905 and commissioned by 1906. All of these tips were 'in the course of demolition' according to the GWR Coal Shipping Appliances register of June 1938 ; which is about twenty years in the future. I am at a loss to explain the loss of three tips and the installation of four cranes on the dockside prior to the postdate. Maybe aliens have stolen the tips and taken them away in their spaceships!!

The large steel coal tip No. 13 (plus No. 8 at the extreme right of the photograph) were constructed by Tannett Walker & Company and commissioned in 1906. The hydraulic accumulator tower situated in front of No. 13 tip was built and commissioned by the same manufacturer in 1905.

The postage stamp is a halfpenny in value, shows King George V and was in use during 1911 and 1912. This also confirms the date stamp which appears to be either June or July 1913.

So I can date this photograph between 1906 and 1911 with a good degree of confidence. Just one clue as to the reason for the missing coal tips is the fact that the Missions to Seamen building is somewhat distorted and there are 'blemishes' beyond. Maybe the photograph has been 'doctored' due, perhaps, to the amount of steelwork which would have obliterated the masts of the sailing vessels in the dock and basin. Just a theory but I am open to educated suggestions. I wonder if Ernest T. Bush can be contacted??!

A postcard from the Penarth Dock Collection. [001] [20200105]

Further confusion was perpetrated regarding two or four tips situated at the northern quay of the basin arising from The Railway News article of February 1911 published in full on this website at Volume 10 Chapter 13. Under a section on coal tipping appliances the article states : 'There are fifteen high-level tips (thirteen on the dock and TWO on the basin) . . . . Then in the very next section which provides a description of the moveable tips at Penarth Basin, it states : 'The FOUR moveable tips on the north side of Penarth Dock Basin, numbered 15, 16, 17 and 18  . . .'  Maybe the alien who stole two of the coal tips was the Special Correspondent of The Railway News!!

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