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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


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

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.


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

About the Author

David Jenkins hitchhiked to France the day he left school. He has waited tables in Switzerland, sprayed crops in Israel, scrubbed urinals in Australia and crewed yachts around the Pacific. He became a teacher in Rio and a professor in Japan before starting his own business - delivering newspapers across Africa.

Now known as The Alphabet Traveller, David trots the globe visiting countries according to their spelling and writes accounts of his incredible adventures.

His other interests include Rod Stewart, crocodiles and Manchester City.

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Publication date

30th September 2011


David Jenkins

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University of Wales Press


192 pages


Maritime history

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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