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Newport Dock Disaster 1909

2nd July 1909

On 2nd July 1909 a tragic accident occurred at Newport Docks. Many of the words in this account are taken directly from contemporaneous reports, words spoken by men involved in the disaster, newspaper reports and comments made at the inquest.

On the day of the tragedy, the trench was surrounded by cranes and railway wagons.  Some 90 men were gathering their working tools together and preparing to leave for the day.

The next shift would be going down when they cleared.  Three ladders provided access to the top, men had already started climbing. It was about 5 minutes before the end of the shift…….. 20 mins past 5.

For a detailed account (including a short video documentary) see links, right.