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Coal Hoists - Swansea
 

In 1913, when a record level of 5.5 million tons of coal, coke and patent fuel were exported through Swansea Docks, the port had a total of 26 coal tipping appliances, or ‘hoists’, in operation. There were four in the North Dock, six in the South Dock, nine in the Prince of Wales Dock, and seven in the Kings Dock, all rail-served and operated by hydraulic pressure.
 

However, as coal exports declined over the following decades a reduction in the number of coal-shipping appliances at Swansea was inevitable, and those in the North Dock were the first to be scrapped when the dock closed in the 1930’s. Next were the South Dock hoists which were scrapped in the 1950’s, and then those in the Prince of Wales Dock which were scrapped in 1966. The 1960’s also saw the scrapping of the two remaining coal hoists on the south side of Kings Dock.
 

Of the five remaining coal hoists on the north side of Kings Dock, No.11 was scrapped in 1973; Nos.14 and 15 in 1984, and finally Nos.12 and 13 in 1987. The last vessel to load coal at a Swansea coal hoist was the m.v. ‘Paquita’ which loaded 520 tonnes for Cork at No.12 hoist on the 25th February 1987
 

Sailing vessel loading coal at a G.W.R. coaling appliance on the west side of the North Dock, Swansea (c.1880)
 

Small coaster loading coal at Midland Railway’s No.1 coaling appliance on the east side of the North Dock, Swansea (c.1890)
 

Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway coal hoists on the north side of the
Prince of Wales Dock, Swansea (c.1900)
 

A general view of the coal hoists at Kings Dock, Swansea in 1910
 

s.s. ‘Lieven’ loading coal at No.5 Hoist, Prince of Wales Dock, Swansea (1950’s)
 

Unknown steamship loading coal at No.5 Hoist, Prince of Wales Dock, Swansea (1950’s)
 

m.v. ‘Pengly’ loading coal at No. 5 Hoist, Prince of Wales Dock, Swansea (1950’s)
 

m.v. ‘Paul Westlas’ berthed at a coal hoist in the Prince of Wales Dock, Swansea in the early 1960’s     

 

Coaster loading coal at No.12 Hoist, Kings Dock, Swansea in the 1950’s
 

m.v. ‘Elisabeth’ loading coal at No.11 Hoist, Kings Dock, Swansea in the 1950’s
 

Vessel loading coal at No.13 Hoist, Kings Dock, Swansea in the 1960’s
 

m.v. ‘Bordagain’ loading coal at No.14 Hoist, Kings Dock, Swansea in the 1960’s
 

m.v. ‘Tewkesbury’ loading coal at No.13 Hoist, Kings Dock, Swansea in the 1960’s

m.v. ‘Vicky’ loading coal at No.15 Hoist, Kings Dock, Swansea in 1967