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Pierhead Building and dolphins

Photo of White Funnel dolphins

NOW

Photo of Paddle Steamers at Pier Head

THEN - c1905

Photo looking across to Pierhead Building

THEN - 1979

Photo by Gordon Hayward, staff photogarpher of National Museum Wales
© Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

The iconic Pierhead Building, seen in the background here, was built in 1897 as the headquarters for the Bute Dock Company.

Dolphins is a generic name for man-made structures that typically consist of a number of piles driven into the seabed or riverbed, and connected above the water level to provide a platform or fixing point.

In this instance the dolphins are the remain of the landing stage for P & A Campbell White Funnel fleet that ran excursions across the Bristol Channel.