THE SAILING SHIP “PAMIR” IN PENARTH DOCK – 65 YEARS AGO

This photograph of the sailing ship Pamir  under tow in Penarth Dock by photographer Tom Main has emerged after being out of sight for 80 years

This photograph of the sailing ship Pamir under tow in Penarth Dock by photographer Tom Main has emerged after being out of public sight for many years

A rare photograph has emerged on Twitter today of the famous sailing ship “Pamir” being towed in Penarth Dock on March 3rd 1951.

The photograph appears to have been one which was found in a house in Penarth which has been in the same ownership for  80 years.

The photo  has now been re-united with someone using the nom-de-plume “Jonny” whose family lived in the house before the Second World War. The address is not given.

The black and white photograph bears a striking similarity to the compsition of Turner's classic painting  the full title of which is "The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838" by  J M W Turner

The black and white photograph at the head of the item bears a striking similarity to the composition of the classic painting called “The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838” by J M W Turner – the “Turner” of Turner House, Penarth

The 316 foot long Pamir,  and a similar four-masted square-rigger –  the 322 foot long Passat –   were both berthed in Penarth Docks in 1949 at what was considered to be the end of their respective sea-going careers . Both ships were due to be scrapped, but were bought by a German shipowner Heinz Schleiwen .

Pamir and Passat during their sojourn in Penarth Docks in the early 1950s

Pamir and Passat during their sojourn in Penarth Docks in 1950

In December 1951 the Pamir sailed from Penarth for Rio de Janeiro – and made the voyage in 40 days . She later came under the ownership of the Pamir-Passat foundation for training sea cadets but sadly sank in a hurricane 400 miles from the  Azores on September 21st 1957.  Her sister ship Passat, however, was sold to the city of Lubeck for use as living quarters for trainee cadets at Travemunde.

The names of both ships are commemorated in local street names in Penarth Marina.

 

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8 Responses to THE SAILING SHIP “PAMIR” IN PENARTH DOCK – 65 YEARS AGO

  1. Reg Salthouse says:

    A short time before the tragic accident I was third officer an a ship called Sandhoe off the Portuguese coast heading for Lisbon and the Pamir overtook us under full sail and what a magnificent sight it was. Whilst at anchor in Lisbon she entered with all the cadets on the yardarms and even one stood on the truck at the top of the main mast. Something I remember vividly to this day.

  2. Christopher David says:

    Was “The Fighting Temeraire” one of the Turner paintings originally displayed in Turner House?

  3. Mike O'Shea says:

    Remember both ships in Barry Docks before they were moved to Penarth. They were full of very large rats which fed on the grain from Australia and men with dogs were employed to get rid of them. My uncle Ernest Thompsen from Barry,Jenner Road worked as stevedore and took me to see the spectacle. Impressive when you are only 8-9 years old.

  4. Peter Davey says:

    I remember a couple of mates and I riding over to Penarth from Pontcanna to see these beautiful ships, we were all 16, I doubt we could repeat that journey now, not on a bike anyhow. Such a tragedy what happened to Pamir and crew.

  5. Christopher David says:

    WOW two great stories. Must admit can’t picture Pontcanna docks- but then I’m a youngster having not long got me bus pass🙂

  6. Pauline Potter (nee Dennis). says:

    Hello. I was living at Sea View, the Children’s Home when the Pamir and the Passat were docked in Penarth. One evening we were all taken down to see the boats. We were invited aboardthe Pamir and given an interesting tour of the ship. Something we all thoroughly enjoyed. Pauline Potter, Petaluma, California.

  7. Janet says:

    My family and I could see the Passat and Pamir in Penarth Dock from our house in Paget Terrace when I was about eight years old. A sight I’ve never forgotten. Lovely to see the photograph by Tom Main.

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