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Malcolm Lewis
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    I must admit to being a little confused about the transport methods used to transport coal to Scapa Flow before and during WW1. Jellicoe in his paper “The Grand Fleet 1914-16” refers to most of the coal going from Cardiff to Scapa by collier as does Warwick Brown whereas Davies says the bulk went by rail via Grangemouth. My understanding is that Cardiff docks did not have a bagging facility whereas ports such as Portland and Grangemouth did and to speed coaling prebagged coal was an Admiralty requirement, especially at Scapa.
    Maybe David Davies or James G could bring clarification
    to this piece of history please?