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 - Even more aspects - More Moments Captured in Time . . .

'Feed the Guns with Warbonds'

• Cardiff - Entrance to Bute Docks. - 'Bute Docks and ship Canal were constructed in 1834 by the second Marquis of Bute, at a cost of £300,000. This outlay brought into the town a prosperity which has never fluctuated. The Docks, Harbour and Ship Canal are of great extent.' A Raphael Tuck & Sons " Oilette " Carte Postale and another heritage postcard from the Penarth Dock Collection. [001] [20200223]

The card is stamped on the reverse side 'Feed the Guns with Warbonds'. This was an attempt to raise funds for the WWI effort by the National War Savings Committee, albeit somewhat late in the war, c.1918. It was the third of a series of slogans first introduced by the Post Office in late 1917 and was the first ever machine cancelled slogan postmark on letters and postcards.

A contemporary advertisement here in Halifax, Yorkshire stated : 'For the Honour of Halifax - Feed The Guns -  Whatever the sum at your disposal - thousands of pounds in the bank or a handful of cash in your pocket - put it into War Bonds or Certificates. If you can afford a £5,000 Bond, buy that. It would pay for a thousand rounds of the deadly shrapnel hurled forth by out huge 60-pounder Guns. If you can only afford one £5 Bond, or one 15/6d. Certificate - buy that! Your £5 Bond would pay for a 5-inch Shell. Your 15/6d. Certificate would purchase fourteen pounds of High Explosives.'

The Pier & Harbour, Cardiff.

• The Pier & Harbour, Cardiff. - A postcard view of the Pier Head Offices of the Bute Dock Company with vessels moored alongside the dolphins in the tidal harbour. I estimate this photograph to be have been taken in the early to mid-1900's since the Pier Head Building, situated alongside the West Dock Basin, was opened in 1897. A heritage postcard from the Penarth Dock Collection. [001] [20200223]

Vessels in the Cardiff docks channel to the sea.

• Vessels in the Cardiff docks channel to the sea. - c.1890 - A photograph from an unknown source of vessels leaving Bute Docks on their way to sea. Note the steamer on the pontoon at the opposite shore. Maybe I can date this photo more accurately! A print of the original photograph is held at the National Museum of Wales. [629] [Museum item number : 47.267/58] [20200223]

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