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From ship's cook to baronet : Sir William Reardon Smith's life in shipping, 1856-1935 /
David Jenkins.
imprint
Cardiff : University of Wales Press, in association with Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, 2011.
description
xiii, 223 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0708324231, 9780708324233
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Book
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imprint
Cardiff : University of Wales Press, in association with Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, 2011.
isbn
0708324231
9780708324233
standard identifier
60001459751
catalogue key
8345313
 
Includes bibliographic references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Jenkins has worked for Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales since 1982 and currently senior curator of its Industrial collections and of the National Waterfront Museum it Swahsea. Descended from many 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. Since 2006 he has also been an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History Classics at Swansea University.
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A long-cherished ambition to become a shipowner was eventually realised in 1906 when he acquired his first steamship, City of Cardiff. The venture prospered and nine vessels were owned on the eve of the First World War. He subsequently showed great entrepreneurial initiative during the depression, acquiring motor vessels and establishing new trade routes. He is also remembered as a great philanthropist, particularly through his association with the National Museum of Wales during his term as treasurer (1925-28) and president (1928-32), he restored the museum's faltering finances and enabled the construction of the it's east wing which is now so integral a part of Cardiff's dignified civic centre. His establishment of the Reardon Smith Nautical School in Cardiff in 1921 was another notable achievement; this school provided an opportunity for aspiring deck officers to learn the essential skills appropriate to their chosen careers. He also funded hospital developments in Cardiff and Bideford, and endowed the chair of geography at Exeter University. At the time of his death in December 1935, fulsome tributes were paid to him both by his fellow shipowners and by the principals of those organisations which had benefitted from his generosity; many of those who live in south Wales and the West country today still enjoy that legacy.
" From Ship's Cook to Baronet is an authoritative account of the life of Sir William Reardon Smith, an impressive and complex individual, and throws a great deal of light on tramp shipping and maritime business during a crucial historical period."
" From Ship's Cook to Baronet is an authoritative account of the life of Sir William Reardon Smith, an impressive and complex individual, and throws a great deal of light on tramp shipping and maritime business during a crucial historical period."-Sarah Palmer, University of Greenwich
A long-cherished ambition to become a shipowner was eventually realised in 1906 when he acquired his first steamship, City of Cardiff. The venture prospered and nine vessels were owned on the eve of the First World War. He subsequently showed great entrepreneurial initiative during the depression, acquiring motor vessels and establishing new trade routes. He is also remembered as a great philanthropist, particularly through his association with the National Museum of Wales – during his term as treasurer (1925-28) and president (1928-32), he restored the museum's faltering finances and enabled the construction of the it's east wing which is now so integral a part of Cardiff's dignified civic centre. His establishment of the Reardon Smith Nautical School in Cardiff in 1921 was another notable achievement; this school provided an opportunity for aspiring deck officers to learn the essential skills appropriate to their chosen careers. He also funded hospital developments in Cardiff and Bideford, and endowed the chair of geography at Exeter University. At the time of his death in December 1935, fulsome tributes were paid to him both by his fellow shipowners and by the principals of those organisations which had benefitted from his generosity; many of those who live in south Wales And The West country today still enjoy that legacy.
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Summaries
Long Description
Sir William Reardon Smith (1856-1935) was one of the foremost figures in south Wales in the early twentieth century. His was a classic story of 'rags to riches' - starting life as a deck-hand and ship's cook sailing from his native Appledore in 1870, he was a master mariner at the age of twenty-two and subsequently commanded many of the fine sailing ships owned by Hugh Hogarth & Sons of Glasgow.A long-cherished ambition to become a shipowner was eventually realised in 1906 when he acquired his first steamship, City of Cardiff. The venture prospered and nine vessels were owned on the eve of the First World War. He subsequently showed great entrepreneurial initiative during the depression, acquiring motor vessels and establishing new trade routes.He is also remembered as a great philanthropist, particularly through his association with the National Museum of Wales during his term as treasurer (1925-28) and president (1928-32), he restored the museum's faltering finances and enabled the construction of the it's east wing which is now so integral a part of Cardiff's dignified civic centre.His establishment of the Reardon Smith Nautical School in Cardiff in 1921 was another notable achievement; this school provided an opportunity for aspiring deck officers to learn the essential skills appropriate to their chosen careers. He also funded hospital developments in Cardiff and Bideford, and endowed the chair of geography at Exeter University.At the time of his death in December 1935, fulsome tributes were paid to him both by his fellow shipowners and by the principals of those organisations which had benefitted from his generosity; many of those who live in south Wales and the West country today still enjoy that legacy
Main Description
Sir William Reardon Smith, founder of the Reardon Smith shipping line, was one of the foremost figures in south Wales in the early twentieth century. Starting as a cabin boy, he made a fortune as a ship owner at the height of the Welsh coal trade and subsequently showed great entrepreneurial initiative during the Great Depression, acquiring motor vessels and establishing new trade routes. He is also remembered as a great philanthropist, particularly through his association with the National Museum of Wales. This thorough portrait of the entrepreneur combines an autobiography of the first forty years of Sir William’s life-which was discovered fifty years after his death at the age of eighty-a substantial essay on the latter half of his life, and extensive appendices that include a family tree, company lists, and shipping maps.
Main Description
The lite of Sir William Reardon Smith embodies the rags to riches ideal - born to mid-nineteenth century poverty on the north Devon coast, drawn to an early life at sea that quickly saw him becoming a master mariner and, eventually, firmly established as a powerful shipowner in Cardiff, before the baronetcy and philanthropy of his later life. Among the beneficiaries during his lifetime were the Reardon Smith Nautical School, Cardiff Royal Infirmary and, of course, the National Museum of Wales that today boasts the famous Reardon Smith Theatre. Book jacket.
Main Description
Roedd Syr William Reardon Smith (1856-1935) yn un o ffigyrau blaenllaw yn ne Cymru ar ddechrau'r ugeinfed ganrif. Roedd yn enghraifft o ddyn a weithiodd ei ffordd o dlodi i gyfoeth - dechreuodd ar ei yrfa fel cogydd a chynorthwyydd, cyn gwneud ei ffortiwn yn y diwydiant llongau pan oedd masnachu glo ar ei anterth yng Nghymru.
Main Description
Sir William Reardon Smith (1856-1935) was one of the foremost figures in south Wales in the early twentieth century. His was a classic story of 'rags to riches' - starting life as a deck-hand and ship's cook, he made a fortune in the shipping industry at the zenith of the Welsh coal trade.
Author Comments
David Jenkins has worked for Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales since 1982 and is currently senior curator of the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. He has written numerous books and articles on aspects of Welsh maritime and transport history and is also a frequent broadcaster on these topics.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1870-95p. 15
Master Mariner, Shipowner and Philanthropist, 1895-1935p. 55
Appendicesp. 155
Reardon Smith family treep. 156
William Reardon Smith's seafaring career, 1870-1900p. 158
Management and shipping companiesp. 162
Fleet lists, 1905-35p. 164
Sailing ship rigsp. 193
Ports world-wide to which William Reardon Smith sailed during his seafaring career, 1870-1900p. 199
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 213
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