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Our latest publication is I hope to have a good passage...: the business letters of Captain Daniel Jenkins, 1902-1911 edited with an introduction by David Jenkins. It was launched in the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea on Saturday 10th December.

This volume comprises the text of a 500-page copy letter-book kept by Captain Daniel Jenkins (1871-1922) between 1902 and 1908 and in 1910-11, during periods when he was in command of several Cardiff tramp steamers. These letters are probably unique as it seems likely that they are the sole remaining first-hand record of the trades plied by such vessels in the early twentieth century. What we learn from them is that there was far more to the south Wales shipping industry at the time than simply exporting coal. Not only did the tramp steamers distribute what was at that time the world’s premium fuel source to countries lacking in their own energy resources, but they also played a vital part in the provision of basic foodstuffs for the growing industrial populations of the UK and northern Europe. They add to our understanding of the incredibly complex economy and society that existed in south Wales and beyond in the early years of the twentieth century.

David Jenkins has worked for the National Museum of Wales since 1982 and is currently Principal Curator of its transport collections, based at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Descended from generations of Ceredigion seafarers and Montgomeryshire farmers, he is the author of many books and articles on aspects of Welsh maritime, transport and industrial history, and broadcasts and lectures frequently on these subjects. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University.

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The following titles are also in preparation:

  • The spiritual botanology of Edmund Jones of Tranch: 'Shewing What of God Appears in the Herbs of the Earth; together with some of the natural Virtues and Uses' , by Adam Coward

  • Charlie’s War: The First World War Memoir of Private Charles Heare, 1914-1919, edited by Christabel Hutchings and Richard Frame

  • The Diary of William Southern Clark, 1854. Cardiff Steals a March, edited by Richard Watson

  • The Diary of Charles Morgan of Gower, 1834-1857, edited by Rod Cooper


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