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.
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
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.
Click here for further details about this book and how to order it.
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