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

Index to Volume Seven - The People - Dock Family Trees - The Penarth Dock Engineering Companies - Directors & Personnel . . .

Robert Monroe (1851-1921)

◊ The Proceedings of the Mechanical Engineering Institute list in 1884, Monroe, Robert, Manager, Penarth Slipway and Engineering Works, Penarth Dock, Penarth.

◊ The Cardiff and Suburban Commercial Directory [180] of 1895 mentions Mr Monroe as the Manager of the Penarth Ship Building and Repairing Company, Limited.

◊ Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire & South Wales, [175] 1895 has the following entry under ship repairers:-

Penarth Ship Building & Ship Repairing Co. Lim. (Robert Munroe, mngr: David Roberts, sec.), 118 Bute st. Docks, Cardiff ; Penarth docks. Penarth.

◊ Graces Guide [016] refers to him also with reference to the 1922 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries: [178]

ROBERT MONROE was born at Houston, Renfrewshire, in 1851.

He was educated at Whitburn and Market Harborough, and served his apprenticeship at the Falkirk Iron Works, Stirling, and with Messrs. John Elder and Co. Before commencing on the principal work of his life, in South Wales, he served with Messrs. Walker, Henderson and Co. of Glasgow and Messrs. Edward Withy and Co. (now Furness, Withy and Co.) of West Hartlepool.

His connection with the Barry Graving Dock and Engineering Co., Ltd., of which he was Managing Director, commenced at its inception forty years ago, and lasted until his death on 22nd July 1921, in his seventieth year.

One of the Founders of the Engineers and Shipbuilders Employers' Association in 1888, he became Honorary Secretary in 1898 and President in 1910.

As Honorary Secretary of the Bristol Channel Ship Repairers' Association he rendered valuable national service during the War. In this capacity, as Local Director of Ship Repairs between 1917 and 1919, he was responsible for dry-docking some 3,000 vessels of all tonnages, in addition to over 5,500 repairs carried out afloat.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884; he was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects.



1887 - Gallant Rescue - 'On Wednesday afternoon a little boy, the son of Mr. Munroe, manager of the Penarth Slipway, while playing on the old gates outside the entrance to the docks, slipped into the water, and was sinking for the third time when the attention of Mr. Wallace Nash, a Penarth boat-man, was directed to the boy. Mr. Nash at once jumped into the water, and brought him safely ashore.' - The Western Mail - [164] [361] - 22nd July 1887.



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