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

Volume Four - An Era of Change, Uncertainty, Depression & War - The 1920's, 30's and 40's . . .

Penarth Pontoon 1920's

Penarth Pontoon 1920's

Penarth Pontoon 1920's

A view with enlargements of the steamship 'Portcharra', a freighter under repair upon the Pontoon of the Penarth Pontoon, Slipway & Ship Repairing Company is shown in the interesting book 'We Remember It Well', a patchwork of oral recollections of Penarth residents who were there and were part of it all!

The photograph dates from June 1923. The export of coal is in steady decline as the Tannett Walker coal tip number 13 was no longer in use by 1928 as referenced within the GWR Track Layout Diagrams. [008] However, for now the dock seems to be busy as the coal trucks of Lockets, Cardiff and H. G. L. indicate. [000] [326]

Locket's Merthyr Collieries (1894) Ltd., of 18 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff ceased trading in 1926, the year of the General Strike in the UK.

H. G. L. are the initials of the short-lived wagon hire and finance company H. G. Lewis & Company also of Cardiff. Together with associate company, I. W. Co. Ltd, they seemed to have acted as agents for the hire of over 40 000 mineral and goods wagons. They ceased trading in the late 1920's (possibly 1927) no doubt as a result of the downturn in the coal trade and the lasting effects of the General Strike.

Many thanks to Richard Harvad for donating the book 'We Remember It Well' to the Penarth Dock Collection and for making me aware of its contents and relevance to our Penarth Dock story.

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