David Morse’s evidence

David Morse’s evidence
  • Title: David Morse’s evidence

  • Date : 1866

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/PB/5/30/18 [p.40]

  • Description :

    David Morse was a pilot at Cardiff Docks.  In 1864 and 1866, he travelled to Westminster to give evidence to opposed bill committees on Bute Dock Bills.  This is a transcript of the evidence he gave.  He gives detailed information about how crowded the docks are, and how additional accommodation is urgently needed.  Within the last year, about 50 ships that were waiting to enter the docks lost anchor and had to ‘run for it’, some going as far as Newport.  Due to limited dock provision, ships were having to wait nine or ten days before gaining dock space.

    A transcript of this evidence is available by clicking ‘Transcript’ above.

  • Transcript:

    Cross examined by Mr Calvert
    Q: Where were those vessels lying
    A: In the outer roads
    Q: That was in a South West wind I suppose
    A: In different winds
    Q: They had to go before the wind
    A: They parted their cables – some had to slip their cables and different things
    Q: What became of the vessels when their anchors were lost
    A: They had to run for it
    Q: Where did they run to
    A: Some ran to about Newport – pretty nearly as far as that
    Q: Did any of them come short of Newport
    A: Yes, there were some above, at the Rumney river there (pointing to the map)
    Q: They ran right up and beached there
    A: There were some there