William Reardon Smith

A famous ship-owner and benefactor of Cardiff.

Reardon Smith was born in Appledore, Devon, and educated at the Wesleyan School there. He went to sea and obtained his master mariner's ticket before going into the shipping business. In 1905 he founded his own company, William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, based in Cardiff, where he had made his home. The company owned the St Just Steamship Company, Leeds Shipping Company and Cornborough Shipping Line. By the time of his death the company owned twenty-eight ships.

Reardon Smith was also a major benefactor to the National Museum of Wales. He was created a baronet in the 1920 King's Birthday Honours in recognition of shipping services during the First World War.

Reardon Smith was buried in Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff. There is a bust of him in Cardiff City Hall. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, Willie.

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His grave memorial is Number 23 on the Cathays Cemetery Heritage Trail. Plot Number 971 Section P.

Cathays Cemetery Heritage Trail