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 - Local Companies and Organisations . . .

W. D. Podesta, West Side, East Dock, Cardiff, and at Penarth and Barry.

1893 - W. D. Podesta, ship repairer, engineer, founder and boiler maker.The well-known firm of Mr. W. D. Podesta was established by the present proprietor some fifteen years ago, and from its very inception has enjoyed a career of uninterrupted prosperity.

The premises consist of large sheds and workshops of very large dimensions, and covering a considerable area, which in busy times afford employment to from seventy to eighty hands. He also has similar workshops at Penarth and Barry.

As well as being general ship repairers and spar and mast makers, the firm are also shipwrights, shipsmiths, brass, copper, and tinplate workers, and in the various departments do a very extensive trade, which is ever on the increase. Boats of all lengths are kept in stock, and Mr. Podesta is a maker of double and treble main and windmill pumps. The stock also comprises a large assortment of steering wheels, galley stoves, chains, anchors, and ships’ fittings generally.

All work entrusted to this firm is executed with the utmost despatch, and when finished invariably gives satisfaction. Mr. Podesta personally superintends all the details of the business, and has none but good workmen about him. He has secured a most influential and widespread connection. It is such houses as this that are the recognised exponents of the various branches of the shipping trade, and it well deserves the prominent position which the enterprise and ability of its proprietor has so unerringly attained. - Ports of the Bristol Channel -  [316] - published 1893.

1902 - An advertisement appeared within the Evening Express, newspaper : 'Wanted Errand Boy. - Apply to Mr. D. Podesta, Ship Repairer, Docks.' - Evening Express - [135] [361] - 16th July 1902.

1880 - Listed under 'Shipsmiths' : 'Podesta & Son, West side of West Bute dock' - Slater's Directory of North & South Wales - [160] - published 1880.

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