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

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View of Penarth Dock.
View of Penarth Dock.
View of Penarth Dock.

View of Penarth Dock(s) - A lovely steamy view of the busy dock during the few years of the twentieth century. The dock is a hive of activity with vessels moored up two and three abreast at the northern quayside awaiting their turn to be loaded with coal. Closest is tip No. 2 installed in 1896 and built by Armstrong & Company at their works on the Tyne. Tips Nos. 3 and 4 are of the original 1865 design, albeit periodically upgraded, whereas No. 5 tip, distant, is another of the Armstrong design of tip having been installed during 1893.

The enlargements provide us with a steamy impression of the presence of TVR locomotives ;  I can smell and taste the sulphurous, damp, but warm atmosphere, which was so evocative of the age of steam! Oh, and the echoes of hissing steam, clanking couplings, whistle signals, wheels crossing joints in the rails mixed with the sounds of reciprocating action being converted to rotary motion!

Note the somewhat inaccurate hand tinting which shows the Grange as a hillside! I can imagine that both the Bute and Windsor families would have been extremely content with this raised ground to build upon rather than the muddy mire of reality!

Another heritage postcard record held within the Penarth Dock Collection post-dated August 1906 and addressed to a Miss May Blowfield, at the Post Office, Wealdstone, Middlesex from Douglas. [001] [20191021]

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