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

Volume Six - Pre-Victorian to the Present Day - Select Aspects - Crossing the River Ely . .

c.1890 - The 'Iona' as the 'Penarth Ferry' at the Pierhead, Bute Docks, Cardiff.

c.1890 - The 'Iona' as the 'Penarth Ferry' at the Pierhead, Bute Docks, Cardiff. 'Iona' was built at the yard of the Penarth Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing Company in 1883, as a double ended, iron hulled, paddle steamer of 64 tons. James Vellacott, the Cardiff coal shipper, owned her and floated the Cardiff and Penarth Steam Ferry Co. Ltd. in the same year. The photograph is from the Cardiff County Library's Media Collection and has been digitally enhanced. [626] [Archive reference - 002065A] [20180109]

To assist the identification of 'Iona' in the above photograph, below is an illustration from William Turner's book 'The Port of Cardiff' being a guidebook published in 1882 which perhaps assists us also to date the photograph. Maybe this was a trial run given that she wasn't officially in service until 1883. The photograph is subtitled 'Pier Head and Bute Docks Offices (from the South).' [625] [20180105]

Pier Head and Bute Docks Offices (from the South)
 
c.1890 - The 'Iona' as the 'Penarth Ferry' at the Pierhead, Bute Docks, Cardiff.
c.1890 - The 'Iona' as the 'Penarth Ferry' at the Pierhead, Bute Docks, Cardiff. Another archive photograph this time from the Glamorgan Archives. It mirrors the upper image, is dated as the 1890's and is entitled : 'Paddle steamer at Pier Head [with Merchants Exchange in background?]' [599] [Archive Reference : D464/5/105] [20180130]
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