Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,369 pages of information and 233,846 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
1859 The contract for the building of Penarth Dock was placed; the dock was constructed for the Penarth Harbour, Dock and Railway Co.
1865 The dock opened. It had been constructed by a workforce of around 1,200 mostly Irish 'navvies' under the direction of chief engineer Harrison Hayter and implementing the design of Sir John Hawkshaw.
At the Welsh coal trade's zenith in 1913 ships carried 4,660,648 tons of coal in a single year out of Penarth docks.