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 . . .

'River Ely and Windsor Slipway' 1930's
'River Ely and Windsor Slipway' 1930's
PEnarth Dock and Slipway
An slightly fuzzy aerial photograph entitled 'River Ely and Windsor Slipway' and dated as c.1932. We are indeed flying above the River Ely looking over toward the Windsor Slipway situated on Ferry Road. Midway is the petroleum wharf and oil storage tanks of the Victoria Petroleum Works on Grange Point. Then we have the river and on its southern shore the remnants of the slipway and gridiron of the former Penarth Dock Ship Building and Shiprepairing Company which by this date had relocated to the end of the dock and had been renamed the Penarth Pontoon and Slipway Company Limited. Moored in Penarth Dock, I believe, are US naval vessels and stored in neat rows on the quayside there could be at least one hundred Quonson huts, oil tanks or vehicles - I'm not too sure what they are! I suggest, therefore, that could be perhaps a few years later than 1932 and maybe when Great Britain was at war and Penarth Dock became a US naval base. Other educated suggestions are very welcome! The photograph is held within the Glamorgan Archives at Cardiff. [599] [Archive Reference : D937/5/4] [20180211]
OS map River Ely
A section of the OS map published c.1900 which indicates the locations of the items referenced within the text above and the line shows roughly the origin of the photograph. [010] [398]
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