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.39]

  • 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:

    ...docks were wanted.
    A: You want the Docks and you would sacrifice the mud to the docks
    Q: The more docks we get the more we shall be able to get thje ships in from the outer roads – there is often inconvenience arising from that – there were no less than 50 or 60 ships lost their anchors there last year which had not dock accommodation to get into
    A: (By a Lord) How many vessels do you say lost their anchors
    A: About 60 anchors were lost at different parts of the roads, through not having dock accommodation for the ships to go into docks – they were lying out there 9 to 10 days whilst they were waiting to come into the docks