Thomas Rosser (1857-1935)

BUTE DOCKS, CARDIFF, Appointment of Dockmaster,

At a meeting of the Bute Docks directors held on Friday in London, a large number of applications for the post of dockmaster, rendered vacant by the death of Captain Pomeroy, were considered, and it was decided to give the appointment to Captain T. N. Rosser, who held the position of deputy dockmaster at the Bute Docks. This appointment, we need hardly say, is one which will give great satisfaction to shipping circled generally at too Docks. Captain Bowser is well known for his courtesy and his gentlemanly bearing lo all with whom he comes in contact, and has shown during his ten yearn1 experience of dock work a thorough grasp of his duties. Another source of satisfaction in the appointment is the fact that Captain Rosier is essentially a Cardiffian. His father was one of the oldest pilots in the port of Cardiff, having previous to his death, which took place in 1893, been a pilot for over 40 years. Captain Rossor was born in Cardiff in 1857. He started his seagoing experience in 1871, was apprenticed in 1872, and secured His master's certificate in 1880. At Christmas. 1885. he was appointed deputy dockmaster of the Bute Docks and had charge of the East Dock entrance for some years, afterwards taking charge of the entrance to the Roath Basin, discharging his onerous duties there in a most efficient manner. We feel sure that we are only echoing the sentiments of a large number of shipowners and merchants at the Docks in wishing Captain Rosser every success in his new appointment.

Source : Cardiff Times 21 March 1896

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