Shipping – indispensable to the world!
Today is World Maritime Day – a day set aside to celebrate the industry which quietly and efficiently, day and night, keeps the people of the world fed, clothed and housed. Also providing us with all those little ‘extra’ we cannot now do without.
The international nature of our maritime heritage is reflected in shipping losses recorded in the National Monuments Record of Wales – nearly 6,000 wrecks in the ownership of at least 17 nations.
Our photographic collections have many captured moments showing these ocean voyagers in port and also in their last resting places. So we have gathered together a selection in a special online gallery to celebrate today.
The size of today’s ships can be truly staggering. For example, the world’s largest container ships, MSC OSCAR and CSCL GLOBE, can carry over 19,000 containers or 39,000 cars. Others can carry enough grain to feed nearly four million people for a month; enough oil to heat an entire city for a year, or carry enough finished goods to fill nearly 20,000 articulated lorries.
For many centuries past, ships were the most complex ‘machines’ created by man, and they continue to feature amongst engineering wonders of the modern world!
Our collections also include underwater video footage of shipwreck sites, for example the ROYAL CHARTER lost off Moelfre in October 1859: https://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/476122