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Volume Three - The Pontoon Era - The delay in preparation of the pontoon berth . . .

A plan showing the pontoon located at the western end of the dock from a blueprint held at the Newcastle Archives.

I was considering why there should be a delay of some months in the installation of the pontoon at its berth as the media reported at the time. The following OS maps and images provide the background to an engineering feat, for which I have no explanation how it was undertaken. Let me explain.

Left is an enlarged section of the c.1900 OS map shown previously which indicates that the western end of the dock has an inclined wall at this time most probably dating from the dock extension of 1883.

There is a reference at the National Archives of March 1909 to a "Proposed quay wall at the west end of Penarth Dock" which reveals clues as to how the work was undertaken. See Volume Six - Pre-Victorian to the Present Day - Select Aspects - The Quay Wall at the West End of Dock - 1909.

c.1912 – map of the dock showing the location of the Pontoon

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