Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .
Volume One - Into the Victorian Age - The Penarth Shipbuilding & Ship Repairing Company Limited . . .
'Seaforth' - built as the 'Aira Force' in 1890

The 'Seaforth' built in 1890 as the 'Aira Force' at the shipyard of the Penarth Shipbuilding & Ship Repairing Co., Limited and launched into the River Ely estuary; being of 349 tons gross, 145 feet long, and intended for carrying general freight. Originally built for William Kennaugh and Company of Whitehaven on the Cumbrian coast, she was sold in 1909 to Alfred Smith of Fowey and renamed the 'Seaforth'. She traded mainly between the Continent and the south coast ports with occasional calls at Fowey to unload timber and building materials.


She met her fate during 1929 when in collision in the Bristol Channel with the 'Cristina' en route Cardiff to Plymouth with a cargo of flour. These photographs were taken after the 1909 sale. Mr. B's distinctive Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the Avon Gorge in the distance; it's a shame he didn't live long enough the see it completed. [000] [158] [290]

1905 - 'The screw steamer 'Aira Force', lately owned by Messrs. W. S. Kennaugh & Co., Whitehaven, has been sold to Messrs. G. Webster & Co., Glasgow. She was built and engined by the Penarth Shipbuilding Company, Penarth in 1891. Dimensions 145 ft. x 23ft. 2in. x 11ft. ; 349 tons gross ; with engines 18in., 36in. x 24in. stroke. She has been renamed 'Seaforth'. - The Maritime Review - [059] [684] - 9th June 1905.
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