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 - George Wehrley - Photographer . . .

s.s. 'Ramsgarth'.

s.s. 'Ramsgarth'.
G. Wehrley & Co., Penarth.
G. Wehrley & Co., Penarth.

R. & J. H. Rea Limited of Liverpool.

s.s. 'Ramsgarth' - She was built in 1910 at the yard of the Sir Raylton Dixon & Company Limited situated on the banks of the river Tees at Sunderland, launched during 1910 and was of 1,553 gross register tons. She was owned by the R. & J. H. Rea Limited of Liverpool who also had an office at Cardiff and is seen in this photograph to be in to company's livery.

She was sold to Richardsons, Westgarth & Company of Middlesbrough or the South Metropolitan Gas Company of London, dependent upon which source you read, in early 1916 but in November of the same year, whilst en-route from Cardiff & Brixham to the Tyne in ballast, she was sunk by the German submarine UB-39, eight miles south of Worthing Pier. Fortunately no crew members were lost in the attack. The Germans apparently boarded and scuttled the vessel using explosives.

There is a video of a dive on the wreck during 2010 on << YouTube - click here >>. I date this photograph as having been taken by George Wehrley as the vessel approaches Penarth Dock in ballast between mid-1910 and the outbreak of WWI in 1914.

Another of the fine heritage postcards published by G. Wehrley & Co. and held at the National Museum of Wales. [629] [Museum Item Number : 88.108I/12] [20200302]

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