30. The Prince of Wales opens the East Dock

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Extract from the Prince of Wales’ speech at the opening of the Prince of Wales Dock 18 October 1881

"It has long been the wish of the Princess and myself to have some public occasion to visit the Principality from which we are so proud to bear our title. We are particularly glad that this, the first visit to South Wales, should be the occasion of opening your magnificent docks at Swansea. We are not likely to forget the kind and hearty reception which we have met with ever since our arrival in Wales And I congratulate all who have taken part in the arrangements, and we also congratulate ourselves, on the day of opening being so fine after the fearful storm which raged here only a few days ago. Thirty years ago. Swansea comparatively was a small town, but it has increased of late enormously. Thirty years ago it was only a town of some 30,000 inhabitants, now it is a town of a hundred thousand. You then had no docks. You had no good harbour or, being a tidal one, large ships did not care to visit you."

"Now in addition to the docks which you already had, you have the enormous dock which we have opened today, and which has been constructed in such a marvellously short space of time. It is only little more than two years they have been in building, and in three years again they will be filled with as large ships as any country need to bring into any dock. I feel sure that the prosperity of your town is steadily increasing, and I hope it will continue to do so in accordance with the motto which I now see before me—’ By industry we flourish.’ It is a short motto, but there is a good deal of meaning in it. There are a great many statistics I might give you, but with which I will not now weary you. I can only assure you that it affords us real pleasure to come to Swansea, and take part in the inauguration day. In conclusion, let me drink prosperity to the Swansea Harbour Trustees, coupled with the name of its chairman, Mr. F. A. Yeo, and in proposing this toast, I also think it right to mention the name of a gentleman who has been so long associated with your harbour, I mean Mr. Abernethy, who has the honour to be the president of the Association of Civil Engineers".

Above: The procession passes the Old Guildhall (now the Dylan Thomas Centre) on 18 October 1881.


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