SS Penthames, Records

Scope and Content

Report on SS Penthames by Manley Hopkins, Son and Cookes, Adjusters of Averages, 9 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff

Administrative / Biographical History

The SS Penthames was a steamship built in Glasgow in 1909. The ship was damaged on a voyage sometime between August and October 1934, coming aground in Cape Huertas before being refloated and proceeding to Alicante. Some of the cargo was jettisoned. At the time of the incident the ship was in the ownership of the Pentirion Steamship Company, Baltic House, Cardiff. The master was W Bullock and the Engineer Superintendent was Thomas William Barnett.

The enquiry into the incident was carried out by the firm of Manley Hopkins, Son and Cookes, a firm of average adjusters, claims specialists working in marine insurance. The firm was established in London in 1844. It had an office in Mountstuart Square, Cardiff from the early 1890s until at least 1997, and branches in Liverpool, Hull, Newcastle and West Hartlepool.

The SS Penthames was later bombed and sunk off Valencia in May 1938, during the Spanish Civil War.


Chronological within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Donated by a private indivdual, September 2014

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at Glamorgan Archives.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Heather Mountjoy for Glamorgan Archives.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

Records received from a member of the South West Maritime History Society


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

D827, Manley Hopkins, Son and Cookes, records.