Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
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Volume Three - The Pontoon Era - The Great War 1914 - 18 . . .

1915 - Government Control - 'In October, 1915, all dry docks and ship repairing yards came under the aegis of the Government. Owing to the increased activity of the enemy submarines the Admiralty in 1917 appointed a Director of Ship Repairs, who was represented in the various districts by deputy directors with particular knowledge and experience in ship repairing. Co-ordination of effort was carried out still further and in conjunction with private enterprise and initiative an immense amount of work was successfully accomplished.

Labour and Its Reward - Not only did the managers of the various firms exhibit skill and enterprise, but the artisans and labourers connected to the South Wales ship repairing trade lent themselves with a will to their important tasks. Reorganisation and startling changes in workshop practice necessitated interference with time honoured customs and habits. In spite of this the introduction of new systems was carried through without friction or disturbance. The thousands of workmen employed in the yards fully recognised the importance of the work which they were rendering.'

The principle ship repairing firms in South Wales were listed and this included the Penarth Pontoon and Slipway Co., Ltd., Penarth of whom we should be proud. - [691] [684]



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