"Swansea, you may depend upon it, is destined to become the Ocean Port
of England."—Sir H. Hussey Vivian, Bart., M.P.
The Dock accommodation at Swansea consists of the North, South, and Prince
of Wales Docks, all supplied with the most modern Hydraulic Machinery, and
appliances for Discharging and Loading Cargoes of every description, and fitted
throughout with the Electric Light
The Prince of Wales' Dock, constructed for vessels of the largest burthen,
possesses one of the largest and deepest Locks in the Bristol Channel. The
Docks are surrounded by more than twenty miles of Railway, the property of the
Harbour Trust, connecting the Docks with each of the great Railway systems,
viz., the Great Western, London and North-Western, and Midland. The Quays
upwards of three miles in length, are furnished with 40 Hydraulic and Steam
Cranes, and 21 Hydraulic Coal Tips.
The Number of Vessels which entered and cleared in 1889 was 9, 280, of 2,603,333
net register tons. The increase in the net Tonnage cleared, compared with the
year 1879, was no less than 70'02 per cent., and of Steam Tonnage in the same
period 200ʻ15 per cent.
The total Trade of the Port in imports and exports in 1889 amounted to
2,793,217 tons, of the estimated value of £11,036,754. The Tonnage of Imports
shows an increase of 48.00 per cent., and of Exports 80'92 per cent., whilst the
Gross Revenue resulting from the foregoing discloses an increase of 78.24 per cent.,
compared with the corresponding figures for 1879.
The quantity of Copper smelted in the Local Works in a year is about
21,000 tons, of the value of £1,631,250 ; Steel, 500,000 tons, of the value of
£2.500,000. The Spelter, or Zinc, manufactured in Swansea forms 19'20th of the
whole production of the Kingdom, of the total value of £500,000. One year's make
of Tin and Terne Plates in the neighbourhood of Swansea is about six million
boxes, valued at £4,000,000 sterling. The total shipment of Tin Plates at
Swansea in 1879 was 423,000 boxes, weighing 26,438 tons, which had increased in
1889 to 3,123,348 boxes of 196,396 tons weight, of the value of 62,749,544. The
manufacture of Chemicals, Patent Fuel, Welsh Woollen Goods, and Railway and
Engineering Plant are also among the Staple trades of the Town and Port.
There are over 140 Works of 36 varieties, employing upwards of 30,000 hands,
within a radius of four miles from Swansea Harbour.
By the completion of the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway, Swansea is now
the nearest Port to the celebrated Rhondda Valley, and the coal known as
" Cardiff Coal" can be shipped at Swansea under the most favourable conditions.
In addition, the line also passes through the Avan Valley, a virgin coal field, to
which shippers are already directing their attention in view of the partial exhaustion
of the older Rhondda Workings. This Valley lies between Swansea and the
Rhondda district, and is therefore many miles nearer to Swansea than to Cardiff
The Mumbles Lighthouse Signal Station is connected with the Post Office
system of Telegraphs. Vessels calling for orders can communicate with their
owners without lowering a boat-good and sheltered anchorage being found under
the Mumbles Head at any state of the tide free. Registered Telegraphic Address :
“Swansea Bay Signal Station."
For information on any point connected with the Port and Harbour apply to
Registered Address of Telegrams: "Dixon, SWANSEA."
N.B.-TOWN DUES and BRIDGE TOLLS now abolished.