FROM the Archive this week features a photograph of the badly damaged Penarth Pier in 1947.

In May that year temperatures were in their ‘40s fahrenheit and gales buffeted coastal areas across the UK.

Blown ashore by a high wind the steamer, Port Royal Park (7000 tonnes) crashed into Penarth Pier causing considerable damage.

She was owned by the Canadian Government and manage by the Park Steamship Co. and was on passage light from Newport to Cardiff to load.


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When off Penarth, waiting to enter Cardiff docks she was caught in a high wind and drifted broadside into the pier.

She was thought to be in no danger, and tugs were standing by ready to re-float her.

The steelwork of the pier was badly buckled.

A number of dancers were in a hall on the pier when the collision occurred, but there were few people on the pier itself as the night was so rough.

The Penarth Times would like to thank Shirley Hodges for the information and Betty Speake and Veronica Charles for the photograph.

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