From Ship's Cook to Baronet Sir William Reardon Smith's Life in Shipping, 1856-1935

by David Jenkins

From Ship's Cook to Baronet Sir William Reardon Smith's Life in Shipping, 1856-1935 Synopsis

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.

From Ship's Cook to Baronet Sir William Reardon Smith's Life in Shipping, 1856-1935 Press Reviews

An authoritative account of an impressive and complex individual, which also throws a great deal of light on tramp shipping and maritime business over a crucial period. - Emeritus Professor Sarah Palmer, Greenwich Maritime Institute Sir William Reardon Smith's life in shipping is an incredible journey from poverty to riches, but also gives a fascinating insight into tramp shipping and maritime life in general at that time. A compelling read, well-illustrated throughout. Highly recommended. Sea Breezes Magazine, February 2012 ... this is a remarkably detailed insight into the man, his mind and the legacy that is still around us. David Jenkins is deserving of congratulations for such an absorbing and well-researched read. David B. Clement, The South West Maritime History Society, January 212

Book Information

ISBN: 9780708324233
Publication date: 30th September 2011
Author: David Jenkins
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Maritime history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About David Jenkins

David Jenkins was 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.

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