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 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 .
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.