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.37]

  • 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:

    Mr David Morse, sworn.  Examined by Mr Bidder
    Q: I believe you are also a Cardiff Pilot
    A: Yes
    Q: And have been so for some time
    A: Yes
    Q: You know Cardiff Harbour very well, do you not
    A: Yes
    Q: Do you agree with Mr Rosser and Mr Scudamore as to what they have stated, that our works will not interfere practically with the anchorage ground of vessels that lie upon the Cardiff flats
    A: Yes
    Q: You have heard what they stated about the Taff Water and the Ely Water – that it  is not the Taff Water that keeps Penarth Head clear – do you agree with