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

Volume Eight - Pre-Victorian to the present day - more aspects - Cardiff, Penarth and Environs - [vintage photo and postcard album] . . .

Barry Docks (from the Island)

'Barry Docks (from the Island)' - A photograph from the Penarth Dock Collection of the number 1 dock looking toward the town of Barry. Opened in 1889 the number 1 dock has a water area of 73 acres. There were 19 coal tips on this dock which contributed to a record of 11m tons of coal export in one year at its peak. [001]

 
s.s. Walkure

's.s. Walkure - Barry Dock' She was a German registered cargo vessel built at the Sunderland yard of William Doxford & Sons Limited with a gross register tonnage of 3,932. Her hull was of the 'turret' design as may be seen in the image above which may have contributed to the mishap in number 2 dock at Barry in August 1908 in the same year as she was launched. Another from the Penarth Dock Collection. [000] [001]

Extraordinary Scene at Barry Docks- Big Steamer Turns Turtle - 'Great excitement prevailed at Barry Docks this-morning (Thursday), when the German steamer Walkure, 2,475 tons register, of Hamburg, turned turtle whilst loading bunkers under No. 28 Tip, No. 2 Dock. The Walkure arrived a day or two ago at Barry from the Baltic with a huge cargo of deals for Natal and as the trucks of coal were being tipped into the hold she suddenly lurched to the outward side. Fortunately, as she heeled over her iron masts caught the side of the steamer Trevessa, otherwise her deck cargo would have been completely submerged. As it was the Walkure lay with her deck rising perpendicular from the water, and the majority of the crew clambered ashore. Five, however, were thrown into the water, three being rescued by the crew of the Trevessa, and the other two swam round the vessel, and were picked up from the quay wall. Meanwhile the whole of the trimming band (Messrs. H. C. Vivian and Company) were in the bunker hold, but a rescue party immediately went below, and cleared the way to the decks. Providentially no one was drowned or buried by the loose coal, and what few injuries were sustained were of a trivial character.' - Barry Dock News [140] [361] 14th August 1908.

image left - 'The s.s. Walkure as she appeared end on shortly after she had heeled over - Photo by C. H. Farmer, Barry. - Cardiff Times [019] [361] 15th August 1908.

Salving the Walkure - Engineering Feat at Barry Docks - 'In the salving of the turret steamer Walkure, which capsized in Barry Docks last week, a notable success has been achieved. The Walkure was loaded with 1,900 standards of timber, and called at Barry for bunkers on her voyage from Stettin to Durban, South Africa. While she was taking in bunkers she capsized to port in the dock on Thursday last. Instructions were give that evening to commence salving operations, and on Friday morning the work was commenced. In the meantime, owning to the list of the vessel, water had gained access through the ventilators on deck, and all the holds, fore and aft, were full, as well as the engine-room space. On Friday all the holes, so far as could be ascertained, were stopped, and pumping commenced. Unfortunately it was found that there were other holes through which the water poured into the ship, and these were under coal. The timber in front of the coal had to be removed and the coal got

off before these holes could be reached and stopped. On Sunday operations had so far progressed that four locomotive engines with tackles and wire ropes were employed to try to get the ship upright, but as there was still a large quantity of water in her the attempt was only partially successful. Two tugboats which had been engaged, the Windsor and the Lady Salisbury, resumed pumping operations, and at six o'clock on Monday morning, with the aid of the locomotive engines, the steamer was practically righted. She was not brought exactly upright for fear of her turning over to starboard. The timber on deck was then removed, loose stuff on the upper deck fastened in position, and by midday the vessel was put in a position of safety. The bulk of the cargo will probably have to be discharged. The short time taken in salving the ship under difficult circumstances is very creditable to all concerned.' - Barry Dock News [140] [361] 21st August 1908.
s.s. Walkure, Barry Dock.
s.s. Walkure, Barry Dock.

s.s. 'Walkure', Barry Dock - A postcard view from across the No.2 dock of the capsized vessel with two tugs in attendance, one of which seems to be in an extremely precarious position should the ship decide to list further. Another heritage record from the Penarth Dock Collection. [001]

s/s Walkure - Barry Dock.
s/s Walkure - Barry Dock - A slightly different postcard photo view to that above, borrowed from the People's Collection, Wales, of the listing vessel with part of its unstable deck cargo of deals afloat in the dock. At the time of the incident she was loading bunker fuel, 'bunkering', when the vessel became unstable and suddenly lurched according to witness reports. [item number : 400679] [048] [20181114]
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