21 Facts About Barry Docks


Barry Docks is a port facility in the town of Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, a few miles southwest of Cardiff on the north shore of the Bristol Channel.

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The principal engineer was John Wolfe Barry Docks, assisted by Thomas Forster Brown and Henry Marc Brunel, son of the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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Barry Docks in 1871 was a village on the north shore of the Bristol Channel a few miles west of Cardiff with a population of about 100, few of whom had been born there.

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Barry Docks Sound lay between the island and the mainland, sheltered from storms by the island and by Friar's point.

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The third act, the 1866 Barry Docks Harbour Act, authorised another company to build a 600-yard quay extending from where Buttrills Brook entered the old dock near the northwest end of the present No 1 dock.

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Jenner dropped the idea after the Bute Dock Act of 1874 allowed an additional dock at Cardiff, but the movement to build a dock at Barry Docks continued to gain momentum, this time by the Plymouth Estate trustees, major landowners in Glamorgan who advocated the building of the railway from Barry Docks to Cogan.

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Barry Docks Sound was a natural choice for the dock site since comparatively little excavation was needed.

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Barry Docks was the leader of the Rhondda mine owners, and was already experienced in railway construction.

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Lead engineer was John Wolfe Barry Docks, assisted by Thomas Forster Brown and Henry Marc Brunel, son of the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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Civil engineer John Wolfe Barry reported that the docks were nearing completion in September 1888.

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Battery Hill pumphouse at Barry Island was demolished after 1945, but the main part of the Bendricks building lived on until just after the Millennium.

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Barry Docks had a good reputation for the quick turn-around of ships, attributed to the "lavish provision of approach lines and storage sidings", and the skill of the shunters, the tippers, and the trimmers.

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Smokeless Welsh coal exported from Barry Docks was in great demand by the Royal Navy at their stations all over the world.

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The Barry Docks Company made a considerable effort to attract firms to the dock area, but with limited success.

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Barry Docks fought off competition and was able to pay dividends of 9.

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The Barry docks were an embarkation point for troops in the second and later waves of this invasion.

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The British Transport Docks Board was created under the Transport Act 1962, assuming control of the ports including Barry.

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Barry Docks started as a dock porterage business, and in the late 1930s moved into road transport and scrap.

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Barry chemicals complex is situated beside the Barry Docks, as are industrial estates such as the Atlantic Trading Estate, between Barry and Sully.

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In 2007 the Barry Docks handled 456,000 tonnes of cargo, of which 370,000 tonnes was chemicals.

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In 2012 the Docks directly employed 23 full-time employees, but this does not include people working as crews on the dredging vessels or pilots based at Barry.

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