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.38]

  • 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.

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  • Transcript:

    With that
    A: The Taff has got nothing at all whatever to do with the Ely
    Q: Is it your opinion then that any interfering with the Taff Water cannot affect the Penarth Head
    A: Yes, it cannot affect it in the least – it is the tide in the River Ely that keeps the Scour of the Penarth Harbour
    Q: The Penarth Harbour depends upon the scour of the Ely tide
    A: Yes

    Cross Examined by Mr Rodwell
    Q: Did you know the scheme of 1864
    A: When there was a large Docks proposed?
    Q: Yes, when they took a great deal more
    A: Yes
    Q: You saw no objection to that
    A: I saw no objection to having more docks, because more docks...