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"Swansea, you may depend upon it, is destined to become the Ocean Port
of England."-Sir H. HUSSEY VIVIAN, Bart., M.P.

SWANSEA.

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 200 15 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 £2.749,544. 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
or Parry.

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

JOHN DIXON,

General Superintendent.

Registered Address of Telegrams: "DIXON, SWANSEA."

N.B.-TOWN DUES and BRIDGE TOLLS now abolished.

Entered at Stationers' Hall, and Copyright in the United States.

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1891

Manufacturers and Sole Proprietors of

HOLZAPFEL'S INTERNATIONAL

ANTIFOULING COMPOSITION,

The Strongest Antifouler made.

HOLZAPFEL'S

National Antifouling Composition,

Specially Prepared for North Atlantic, Baltic, and Home Trades.

HIGHEST AWARD:

SILVER MEDAL,

International Exhibition,

Calcutta, 1884.

REGISTERED

TRADE MARK,

HIGHEST AWARD

GOLD MEDAL,

International Exhibition,

Crystal Palace, 1884.

HOLZAPFEL'S

PATENT SOAPSTONE COMPOSITION,

The most reliable Paint against atmospheric influences. The cheapest and best protective Paint manufactured.

Quick drying. Ready for use. Price 30s. per cwt.

Manufacturers of HOLZAPFEL'S Genuine

"Rabtjen's Patent" Composition.

BRANCHES:

57, Fenchurch Street, London, E.C. LIVERPOOL, CARDIFF, AND GLASGOW,

BHS

THIS is the fifth issue of the "Shipping World Year Book." Important additions and improvements upon former editions have been made; and the present volume contains THE TARIFFS OF ALL NATIONS, AND OF THE COLONIES, completely revised up to November 15th; THE FIRST COMPLETE PORT AND HARBOUR DIRECTORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES ever published, and A DIRECTORY OF THE PRINCIPAL PORTS OF THE WORLD, giving Accommodation, Charges, Tides, Trades, Pilotage, Towage, and Officials; with all necessary information required by Masters, Engineers, and Merchants.

The book also contains, with other information :Almanack, Admiralty Notes, Agreements, Astronomical Definitions, Balance Sheet of Commerce, a list of British Consuls abroad, and of American Consuls in the United Kingdom; a Table of Consular Fees, Digest of Shipping Acts, Documents required for Clearing Ships, Engineering Notes, Information regarding the Examination of Masters and Engineers, Foreign Moneys, Weights and Measures, Foreign Mails, Freights, Imports and Exports, Instruments of the Weather, Lighthouses, Load-Line Tables, Measurement of Ships, Merchant Shipping Act (Digest), Navies of Europe, Pilotage Laws, Public Debt of Foreign Countries, Powers of the Board of Trade, Postal Information, Rates of Freights, Removal of Wrecks, Sailing Rules, Shipping Terms (Commercial), Stamp Duties, the Suez Canal, Trade Statistics of the most recent dates, valuable scientific information, specially prepared tables, calculators and guides for men engaged in Commerce and Navigation.

The Pilotage and Towage rates are included in the Port Directory instead of under separate headings, thus enabling the reader to have at once before him all the information concerning each port.

We have again to make grateful acknowledgment to many of our subscribers, to the various port authorities of the United Kingdom and the Colonies, and throughout the world, and to Her Majesty's and the United States' Consuls abroad, for excellent and ungrudging service in correcting past errors, supplying new facts, and making the necessary alterations for this Edition of 1891.

Gresham Press Buildings,

25, Pilgrim Street,

THE EDITOR.

Ludgate Hill, London.

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