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 - Working the Ely Tidal Harbour . . .

Iron ore wharf - Ely Tidal Harbour, Penarth Dock
A view of the remnants of the supporting wooden structure of the iron ore wharf with the decking removed. We are looking toward the inside with the northern embankment of the river Ely to the right and the mooring quay on the left hand side. This is another image kindly supplied by the Cardiff office of Cardiff Harbour Authority for this project. The timber is Memel wood or oak from the Baltic state of Lithuania, hence, its 120 year plus immersion in the waters of the Ely appear to have done little harm to the mighty oak. [185]
 
Timbers of iron ore wharf - Ely Tidal Harbour, Penarth Dock
A close up of the timbers which still clearly show the saw marks of the mid-nineteenth century saw mill in Memel. These horizontal lines were made by a vertically reciprocating saw blade and the even pitch of marking shows the rate of feed of the timber as its passes the blade and is converted into rectangular timbers from the tree. Wonderful! The entire structure was then bolted together with iron nuts and bolts which had square nuts. Holes would probably have been drilled using an auger turned manually usually by the labourers and apprentices. I bet you wouldn't look as good as that after being planted in the river Ely for about 120 years! [185]
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