Date: 01 Jan 2006
Can you help me find a ship which was lost at sea 7 November 1925 called Irena
of Liverpool, my uncle was on this ship and I haven’t a clue where to
start looking. I would like to find out anything about this tragedy.
I think this is going to be tough one to crack. I’ve
looked in the big black book, and there’s no mention of the “Irena” at
all. Are you sure that you have the correct spelling? I ask this because it can
make all the difference when searching. One place to look would be the Maritime
Museum at Liverpool. Good luck with your search. and if I come across anything I
will let you know. Regards Tony.
Date: 04 Jan 2006
Wrthi'n helpu'r mab wneud ymchwil a'r Dadaf Wyllt i waith cartref yn Ysgol
botwnnog. Safle we wych. Diolch yn fawr. Wini Jones Lewis, Morfa Nefyn.
Falch iawn fod y wefan o gymorth efo'r gwaith cartref, a
diolch ichi am gysylltu, Gwenllian.
Date: 05 Jan 2006
A really lovely site, cosy, cared for lovingly done. What a fascinating site.
A real and intimate peep inside the village of Rhiw. I have been visiting the
area around Aberdaron, Uwchmynydd in particular for 30 years, it really holds a
special place in my heart. I have walked around the Porth Ysgo area many
times and the very essence of the whole of your area makes my soul sing. Your
website has captured this - really very lovely and very informative. The photos
are great and I particularly liked the write up on herbal remedies and also all
the history. Rachel, Chester.
thanks Rachel, glad that you like our website, Gwenllian.
Date: 08 Jan 2006
I finally opened Rhiw.com this evening (having meant to for ages) - I knew it
would be good but it is amazing! You have done a fantastic job. I have been
glued for the past couple of hours, There is so much to look at and I will be
returning very soon for another dose. Well done dear friends. Sarah Harwood x
Glad you like it Sarah, thanks for the Christmas Pressies!!!
Tony was well impressed. Gwenllian.
Date: 09 Jan 2006
Absolutely amazing! everything is perfect, I haven’t seen all yet, I stumbled
on the site when trying to search for relatives in Penrhyndeudraeth but just
became mesmerised, fantastic, the best I have seen, B, Lyn.
Pleased you dropped in. Thank you, and good luck with your
Date: 15 Jan 2006
Gwych! wedi treilio oriau yn edrych trwy'r hen lluniau, Lluniau o frindiau
presenol ac or gorffenol cadwch y gwaith da i fynnu. Gan Craig South, Pen Y
Neis clywed gen ti Craig. Falch dy fod yn lecio'r wefan, a
cofia alw i fewn eto cyn hir, Tony a Gwenllian.
Date: 18 Jan
Had pleasure in reading about your voyage with the palm line, I sailed on three
as edh got stabbed on board in sepeli, Andoni palm hospitalised flown home me
and bosun, tough ships??
And I thought I had a bad trip!!! Tony
Date 21 Jan 2006
Every time I look at the web site I am torn between homesickness, sadness and
smiles. Here in Hong Kong, thousands of miles away, looking through the
pictures particularly those of Aberdaron and Ysgo just bring the memories
Initally dragged reluctantly on holidays by our parents, to live in a noisy tin
can of a caravan on Ysgo farm, my sisters and brother and me now secretly miss
the place and always return even if only for an hour whenever we can pass by.
The adventures we had. Hay making, silage, cows, pigs, hens and even goats
and a horse. At one time or another we saw them all at Ysgo.
The A.I. man! Our biology class and a half. Daring each other to
touch the electric fences. Deliberately zapping your brother. Painting
bitumen roofing, mucking out, making rolled up cigarettes with old Robin.
Driving the tractor and trying to reverese a trailer. Trying to whistle
properly. Walking to Aberdaron in the evening and hanging around the back
of "the Ship" in the arcade. Hiring a pony from the next door
farm and succeeding in getting the animal to walk further than round the corner.
Swimming at Ysgo in the moonlight. Calves, piglets and in 1976 the rats,
rats everywhere. Wellie rash and short trousers.
The ever smiling and singing Ian Chidley, the only man I have ever yet see drink
tea with six sugars! To see the farm turn from what was for me, a happy,
summer place to the rubble and ruins it is now will always make me wonder how it
By no means a local but to think I lived on that farm for summer after summer in
the seventies and to see it so forelorn now always brings a mix of emotions.
How lucky we were then and indeed how lucky we still are to have had such a
place make such an impression.
Thank you Glyn for getting in touch with us and sharing your
happy memories of your holidays at Ysgo, it must have been a magic place for you
all and an experience that you obviously treasure dearly
and keep alive in memory. All the best to you Gwenllian
Date: 24 Jan
What a fabulous web site, such dedication. I have book marked the site, as it
will take more then a couple of hours to digest its content. Like a lot of
people these days I am researching my family background. One such project is my
grandfather’s service with the Merchant Navy (1925 – 1963). Normally I would
not ask but because as this has a Welsh connection any assistance would be
According to information found on my grandfathers CR2 he was signed off a ship
in SWANSEA on 23 March 1939.
1. Would any organisation or individual have a list of ships in port on that
2. Why would a seaman who lived in South Shields and normally sailed from the
Tyne be signed off such along way from home?
2. If you joined a vessel at South Shields or any
British port, you would normally pay off at the first port, when arriving
back to the U.K. That's why, most probably your grandfather signed off at
Swansea. Regards Tony.
Date: 28 Jan 2006
My name is Robert Perrin and as a boy of 16 served in SS Ramsay of Bolton
Shipping as a galley boy in 1956. Voyage to Australia via The Cape due to the
Israeli/Egyptian War. I subsequently joined th R.N. for 9 years leaving in 1967.
Your site is brilliant and I would like to place a link on my own http://www.oldships.org.uk
where we can all find some old friends.
I joined the Royal Navy in October 1967, and was at H.M.S.
Ganges for three months, bought my self out for £20, got to be one of the best
moves I ever made!!! Regards Tony.
Date: 03 Feb
So many memories come flooding back, Mrs Jones the milk, Jack tractor, Mr and Mrs
Jones the garage and Elsie the post to name but a few of the many characters
that made my childhood summer stays with my Nan the best. a heaven on earth,
thank you Rhiw. Paul Dimmer.
Thanks Paul, Do you have any photos of your Nan at Bryn Difyr
you could share with us ? We have one of your Nan with Aunty Bet Brynawel in the
old photos section. Please get in touch if you do. Gwenllian
Date 03 Feb 2006
I anchored for shelter on the 13th Jan this year with the City
of Cardiff overnight off Porthdinllaen. Enjoyed your site very much. The account about the trip on the Palmboat was a reflection of the trip I made
on the Ikeja Palm in 1970! The worst trip I have done in 38 years at sea.
Looks like Palm Line, had a bit of a record at being bad
boats to sail on. Tony.
Diddorol iawn,wedi mwynhau edrych ar hen luniau o Rhiw,a wedi gallu rhoi enwau
ar rhai o'r hen gymeriadau .Hwyl D.W
Os allwch chi roi enw ar rai nag oes gennym, cysylltwch yn ol,
os gwelch yn dda. Falch iawn eich bod wedi mwynhau, dyna ydi ein bwriad i ddod a
pleser ac atgofion i eraill. Os oes gennych luniau hoffech chi eu cynnwys ar y
wefan gadewch i ni wybod. Pob hwyl, Tony a Gwenllian
Date: 12 Feb 2006
Hello, On 20 May 2005 somebody made an entry about the memoirs of Capt. JL
Jones. Apparently it had an entry about his/her fathers ordeal on the San
Demetrio. I would be interested in reading those memoirs and contacting that
person. I am researching the story of HMS Jervis Bay and Convoy HX84, of which
the San Demetrio was one of the vessels. Thanks. Harold firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 18 Feb 2006
What motivation to develop the site and what dedication to keep the site
running? However, the subject makes it a labour of love I am sure. I was
introduced to the Web Site through Colleagues who, like myself, were students of
The Colwyn Bay Wireless College and who have an interest in things Maritime
and, therefore, your Web Site.
In the mid 50's I was introduced to the wonderful Llyn and Holidays were
spent first at Penllech Uchaf (spelling) for a couple of years and then at
Moel-y-Berth, as a Guest of Pearce Thomas, for the next thirty in various
caravans gradually increasing in size to accommodate the growing family. We know
and Love the area. My far flung offspring still gravitate back to the Llyn with
their children who, I hope, will continue the tradition like all those who have
enjoyed this wonderful and un spoiled spot. Thank you for your efforts, so much
Hubert and Barbara Sanders.
Pierce Thomas was some character, can you remember his
boat “Cadi?” we bought her from Tudweiliog, and sailed her in Aberdaron
regattas. Pierce once said that he was out of Porth Colmon in her, and the waves
were so large, that when he was on top of the crest, he could see the village
hall in Sarn!!! Like I said, he was some character. It’s a pity that all these
old tales are / were not written down? Regards Tony.
Date: 19 Feb 2006
Thank you for such an informative site. It's been a pleasure browsing around and
imagining how my ancestors lived. I've been researching my GGGGrandfather John
Mark. He was born in Llanbedrog in 1834, went to sea at 13, moved to Liverpool
and became a captain in 1861. He tragically died of typhoid at the age of 34 in
1868. His brother Robert was also a master mariner. His father Robert Mark is
noted as being a mariner. He married Ellen Hughes from Pwllheli - her father
Robert Hughes was a Master Mariner. I've found out all of John's service
history, but I'm having trouble getting info on his parents, or his
father-in-law. The Welshmariners.org site is great - but I'm finding it hard
going! Would love to know if you have ever heard of this family. All the best,
Thanks for your comments, we have your e-mail address,
and we’ll get back to you soon. Regards Tony.
Date: 19 Feb 2006
I have spent many weeks on the Lynn Peninsula during holidays as a child /
teenager. My ancestors lived in Llangollen and Denbigh, later moving to
Liverpool (where I was born) My family owned Bryn Meillion until 1992. I
notice that Evan Williams was known as Capt Bryn Meillion. Is there a connection
to the property? Dito to all he praise and thanks for a great resource, you have
clearly worked hard to put it together.... Kevin (Essex)
Thanks for your comments Kevin, Capt Evan Williams had
Bryn Meillion built for himself in the 1930’s. I remember as a boy, Capt
Williams had painted a round water tank which was next to the house, in the Blue
Funnel's funnel colours (light blue with a black top!!!)
Date: 01 Mar 2006
Truly a wonderful site, I have visited it a few times now looking for ships that
my grandfather sailed on and found some. He was a passenger on the Canadian Star
that was sunk in the North Atlantic and was made a Member of the British Order
for bravery during the sinking.
The scenery is stunning there!
William Oliphant, Winnipeg, Canada.
The scenery must be good, for you to say that, seeing
you live in one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Regards Tony &
Date: 03 Mar 2006
I HAVE LONG BEEN IN AWE OF THE Llyn peninsular and all of the surrounding area./
And I have just been informed of your site. I absolutely adore the area and I
feel that I must have belonged here in a past life!! I was given this site from
my very good friends Gill and John who live in Sarn. I will definitely be in
touch. I am writing from Australia, hoping to be over there later this year.
Cheers Keith Draper.
I have known Gill and John for years, they are regulars at Llangwnadl church,
where my father was Rector for over forty years, Regards Gwenllian.
Date: 06 Mar 2006
Da oedd porri trwy'r wefan, roedd gweld hanes Dr Bobby Jones yn dwyn atgofion.
Roedd yn frawd i fy nain, mam fy nhad. Hefyd roedd un o fy nghyn deidia o ochor
fy mam yn Rheithor y Rhiw yn niwedd 1700 hyd ei farwolaeth yn 1811
sef Evan Rice.
Hwyl fawr gyda'r wefan.
Dafydd Owen, Bryn Hyfryd, Penisarwaun.
Diolch yn fawr, Dafydd. Roedd Dr Jones yn gefnder i fy nain,
ac yn gymeriad heb ei ail. Gwenllian.
Date: 09 Mar 2006
Diddorol dros ben gan fod fy nheulu yn dod or ardal a rhai yn dal i fyw yn Rhiw.
Llinos Eames Jones.
Diolch Llinos, falch eich bod wedi mwynhau, Gwenllian.
Date: 13 Mar
Wedi pasio 50,000 da ta be!!!! Poeth yn Trinidad, Cariad Mawr Tony
Oer a gwyntog yn Rhiw. Hwyl ti ar y Seaway Kestrel. Cariad
Date: 22 Mar
A fine collection, made me feel quite nostalgic looking at them. well done.
always a pleasure to see pictures of ships that passed in the night as it were
Thank you, I'm sure we'll have some more ship photos
soon, so keep a look out. Gwenllian
Date: 27 Mar
Bore da. F'enw i yw David Jenkins., Uwch Guradur yr amgueddfa newydd yn Abertawe,
Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau. Diddorol oedd darllen am Owen Hughes ar fwrdd
yr York City, gan fod gennym fodel anferth o'r llong ymhlith ein harddangosion
yma. Dewch i'w gweld!
Mi fydd raid ni ddod lawr rywbyrd pan fydd Tony gartref yn
saff. Tybed welsoch chi'r ddau lun a dynnwyd ar fwrdd yr 'Edernian' yn hanes
Capt Hugh Roberts, OBE, siwr y byddent o ddiddordeb o gofio eich didordeb yn
llongau Pwll Parc, ac mae hanes da iawn ar y ffordd o brofiad llongwr arall o
Edern, Capt John Roberts(brawd Hugh) ar longau'r cwmni ar ei ffordd yn fuan.
Diolch am gysylltu Gwenllian
Date: 28 Mar
What a wonderful website!
I've been walking around the Llyn for years and the area from the western end of
Porth Neigwl, around Rhiw and over to Mynydd Mawr is one of the most beautiful
places on earth. Your website brings the area to life with its stories of the
people and events that have helped shape the area. Keep up the good work!
Keep looking in, there are more 'treasures' on the way. Thank
you for your kind comments. Gwenllian
Date: 02 Apr
Congratulations on an excellent web site, it brought back many memories looking
at the photos of the old blue funnel ships. Just looking back in my old
discharge book it appears that we must have sailed together on the Aureol. I
joined 6/3/72 and left 29/6/72 I was a 2nd Electrician. I then stayed at sea
until July 1985, and then worked in the offices at India Buildings. Keep
up with the good work. Regards David. Smirthwai@aol.com
Thanks David, Tony will get in touch when he gets back.
Date: 04 Apr
What a great web site.
Do you have any census information for before 1861 or church records.
It was nice to see you picture of James Owen's house. I drive by it frequently
here in upstate New York
Jay G. Williams III (Great great grandfather Daniel Williams, Grepach 1881 and
We have the 1841
census, if you email us we could look it up for you.
Glad you liked the site. Thanks Gwenllian
Date: 04 Apr
Diolch yn fawr.Thank's for an excellent site. I left Nefyn 20 years ago and live
in London. However my father was from Pendre and I visit Llangwnnadl on a
monthly basis. We were lucky this weekend to visit at low tide and saw the Keel
of the sorrento and what is left of the Iron plates.
Dylan Roberts ar Teulu
Thanks for getting in touch Dylan, we have had a couple of
really low tides recently, which is great for exploring.
Date: 08 Apr
Mae'r 'website' yma yn ddeniadol iawn ac yn rhoi llawer o wybodaeth a hanes!!!
Diolch am hynna, Gwenllian
Date: 09 Apr
DIOLCH O GALON AM Y WEBSITE DIDDOROL IAWN .HIREUTHU LLAWER O WELD HEN GYMERIADAU
.EDRYCH AR Y SYLWADAU RHYW 6 WYTHNOS YN OL A GWELD NEGES GAN MEGHAN O
AWTRALIA,MERCH FY MRAWD .WEDI BOD YN CYSYLLTU A HI BOB WYTHNOS ERS HYNNU .PETH
RHYFEDDOL YW MAE FY MAB KEVIN WEDI TREFNU I FYND A,I FERCH IR GOLD COAST AM
WYLIAU WYTHNOS NESAF AC WEDI TRFNU LLE I AROS DIM OND DEG MUNUD I FFWRDD O LLE
MAE MEGHAN YN BYW .MAENT WEDI BOD YN E.BOSTIO AC WEDI TREFNU CYFARFOD ,BYDD YN Y
MAES GLANIO YN EI CYFARFOD,HEB AM EICH WEBSITE CHI ELLA BUASANT WEDI PASIO EI
GYLYDD AR Y STRYD YNO DDIM YN GWYBOD EI BOD YN PERTHYN MOR AGOS .DIOLCH YN FAWR
UNWAITH ETO . NANCY (NODDFA GYNT )email@example.com
Gobeithio y can nhw wyliau bendigedig, a lwc fod Meghan wedi
rhoi neges yma, ac i chi ei weld. Hwyl Gwenllian
Date: 12 Apr 2006
Great web site to browse for those with memories of Llyn and Blue Funnel.
I spent my summer holidays in Aberdaron as a small boy. We stayed at The Ship
Hotel run by a Mr Ellis. Haven't been back for years but will do one day I hope.
I went to sea as a Midshipman with Blue Funnel and my last ship was the SS
Patroclus - great days for those of us serving at the time.
Ah well, back to the real world!!
Well Peter as they forecast a good summer you'll have to come
to Aberdaron and bring a few of your Blue Funnel photos with you !!! All
contributions to the Blue Funnel page are more than welcome. Just to tempt
you why not take a look at our holiday cottages section. Gwenllian
Date: 17 Apr
We recently visited the area staying in Criccieth but coming along the coast to
Plas yn Rhiw what a lovely place! It is a magical area! We all enjoyed
ourselves and will be coming back before the end of the year. Thanks for
an interesting and informative website.
For more magic why not stay locally, there's plenty of
Date: 18 Apr
HELLO MY NAME IS SUE CLARKE AND I HAVE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THE AUTOLYCUS
MY FATHER IN LAW DIED ON THIS SHIP IN 1942,MY HUSBAND NEVER NEW HIM HE WAS 7
WHEN HE DIED,HIS MOTHER SADLEY DIED AND LOST ALL HIS PAPERS IN THE TOWYN
FLOODS.IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT SEARCH WE WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION
HIS NAME WAS WILLIAM HENRY CLARKE AGED 46.WE HAVE TRIED TO TRACE HIM ON THE 1901
CENSUS WE HAVE NO DATE OF BIRTH COULD YOU GIVE US ANY ADIVCE.MANY THANKS SUE
P.S. ENJOYED YOUR SITE
Hi Sue, we have an account of the sinking of the Autolycus in
Rhiw and the Sea as a young man from the village (
Jones ) was also lost on her when she
was attacked. If you send us an email we could put you in touch with the Blue
Funnel Assoc, who could perhaps help you further with your search. Gwenllian
Date: 18 Apr
Very Nostalgic trip down memory lane, at sea 1954 - 1970 then Holts Wharf,
stayed in the company through out working life! Retired from Warehousing now and
live in South Wales, a long way from HK
Keep looking in for more nostalgia in the future. Gwenllian
Date: 23 Apr
Hey what a good and interesting little village I found it very interesting
reading about Rhiw and its surrounding area such as Aberdaron and the town of Pwllheli
which is a long way way compared to where I live now! well anyway thank you for
a wonderful time reading about it I will be back to show my children very soon
anyway got to go now bye bye bye!!!
How far's a long way way ? Hope you drop by again, we've a
few more goodies coming soon. Thanks Gwenllian
Date: 24 Apr
My name is Fiona, I've been married to Craig, I thought you would be interested in
knowing that Craig ran the Ras y Moelwyn on Saturday, he came in 14th out of
about 60, and he was the 2nd local. his photo can be seen on stiniog.com.
Well done Craig, fantastic, Thanks for letting us know Fiona.
Mind you coming from Rhiw, he's had good practice running up an down mountains!!
Da iawn chdi Craig a pob hwyl ras Wyddfa nesa ia ? Gwenllian
Date: 25 Apr
BEEN LOOKING FOR A PHOTO OF KARNAK MOSSHUTCHINSON ,AFTER ALONG SEARCH
FOUND IT ON YOUR GREAT WEBSITE I AM EX AB WAS IN BLUE FUNNEL AND SAILED
WITH SHIPMATES FROM THE LLYN IM FROM MENAI BRIDGE ,NOW LIVING IN HOLYHEAD ,DIOLCH
YN FAWR . A VERY GOOD WEBSITE
Glad you found the photo and pleased you found the website to
be interesting. Gwenllian
Date: 25 Apr
I was recommended to this site by a friend with similar interests and found it
quite fascinating. There is a great deal of history here and I congratulate
those who have worked on it. I plough the same furrow on the South Wales coast
and Bristol Channel with the history of trading vessels here, notably the Severn
Trow which was the subject of my book "Severn Traders", published in
1999. I would be interested in setting up a dialogue with you if you wish to
e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll certainly be in touch. Regards Gwenllian
Date: 28 Apr 2006
A most enjoyable experience. I'll be back many times.
Date: 03 May 2006
I have been looking for information on the shipwreck Kenilworth Castle 1870 for
some time and yours is the first website that I have found any information on.
The Captain of the ship William Wallace Steel was an ancestor of mine.
Thank you. email@example.com
Glad we could help you Julie, Regards Tony.
Date: 04 May
Hello, I've read with great interest the memoirs of Capt Hugh Roberts OBE, and
fascinating they are too. I knew him very well as Griff and Menna are great friends with my mum (and late
father, also a Master Mariner). I grew up as great friends with their two
children, Aled and Iola. Aled of course following his Taid to sea. He was a lovely, gentle man and always full of great stories.
The website is superb, and most enjoyable. Keep it up.! Regards, Richard Roberts (ex Colwyn Bay, now in sunny Devon).
Hope you've seen the memoirs of Hugh's brother Jack, they too
are very interesting. Perhaps you'd like to include your father's story,
especially if he was from Llyn. Thanks for your kind comments. Gwenllian
Date: 06 May 2006
Hello this is Lesleyann, and how fantastic it is to see these pages, have just
started with your last voyage as told to me by Gwenllian today and now both Dave
and I are going to go back to the start of your voyages and really enjoy reading
all of this you are so clever and it is so interesting the way you have both put
all this together, well done and carry on it is marvelous.
You're so kind, you've made Tony blush and that doesn't
happen often !! Gwenllian
Date: 08 May
Newydd ddod ar draws eich gwefan gynhwysfawr wrth chwilio am fy achau ym mhen
Llyn. Gofaint oeddynt yn Edern a Phencaerau. Deuthum ar eu traws yng nghyfrifiad
1861, 1871 ac 1881. Edrych ymlaen am weld cyfrifiad 1891 ! Oes lluniau o'r ddwy
efail yn eich casgliad gwerthfawr. Cofiwch amdanaf os y deuwch ar draws rhai. Gyda llaw, wyddoch chi am lyfryn gan wr o'r enw Hendrick, dwi'n meddwl, am
ofaint Llyn, "The Smiths of Llyn". Clywais fod cyfeirio at fy nheulu
yn hwnnw hefyd. Diolch am eich gwaith pwysig, a phob rhwyddineb i barhau. firstname.lastname@example.org
Na yn anffodus does ganddo ni ddim lluniau ohonynt eto, ond
pwy a wyr efallai y don nhw i'r wyneb cyn hir, ac os cawn ni rai mi fyddan yn
siwr o adael chi wybod. Gwenllian
Date: 10 May 2006
Llongyfarchiadau calonnog i'r ddau ohonoch am we fan ddiddorol dros ben...difyr
iawn yw olrhain hen hanes morwrol Pen Llyn. 'Roedd fy Nhaid yn fachgen o dyddyn
'Ty Rhos' Cilan ym mhlwyf Llanengan, aeth i'r môr yn fachgen pedairarddeg oed
(o Lerpwl) a daeth yn gapten llong hwyliau pedwar mast yn pedair ar hugain oed,
sef y 'Metropolis'. Aeth ymlaen i gapteinio 'Cambrian' Hills ar ddiwethaf oedd
'Rowena'. Bu farw yn 51 oed o'r 'dropsy' yn 1922 ar ddechreu cyfnod y llongau stêm.
Aeth fy nhad ai frawd Owi i'r mor a hefyd fy mab ieuengaf Dafydd. Yvonne
Diolch Yvonne a diolch hefyd am y CD gobeithiwn roi'r hanes a
lluniau ar y we cyn bo hir. Pob hwyl i chi efo'r Arddangosfa Hen luniau yn
Abersoch eleni, edrych ymlaen at ei weld. Gwenllian
Date: 10 May 2006
I heard of the website on the Welsh radio to-day and find it really super, it
has brought back memories for me. I am 73 years of age and was born in Nant
Gwynthern (I do believe that I was the last person to be born there) as a small
boy I used to watch the ships being loaded at Caernant with granite and can see in
my mind the ''Lady Thomas'' being loaded. There is a lot to to see on your site
so I have not yet seen the ''lady'' but will keep looking I now live in England
but do try and get down to Llyn and Nant as often as possible, David Roberts.
Many thanks for you comments about our website. This is the "Lady
Thomas" which you saw at Nant, she was a regular runner there. If you send
us an e-mail, we could send you a much larger photo of her, or of any of the
Nant photos. We also have three pages of photos of Nant Gwrtheyrn, just follow the
links, Regards Tony & Gwenllian.
Date: 11 May
Many thanks for the Photograph of the Lady Thomas, my dad, who was a joiner at
the quarry, once took me on board when it was being loaded, as far as I can
recall I was about 5 at the time it was a real treat for me then. I went to
school in Nant until we left when I was 9. Two years ago I went back and stayed
for a few days and slept in the house that I had left over 60 years before,
emotional !! I have lots of memories and look forward to seeing the census for
the 1891 should you log it as my Family had lived in Nant for years and my
grandad was known as ''Brenin -y-Nant David Roberts.
Thank you David for getting back, look forward to having some
more of your memories of Nant, Gwenllian.
Date: 12 May 2006
All the best Tony, it's a great site. Regards Joe (ex. seawell)
Nice to hear from you Joe, and it was great sailing with you.
Date: 16 May 2006
My father, Emil John, was a fireman on the "Athelknight" he survived
and lived until he was 90 in 1998. I've heard many times the stories of his
experiences and have some notes jotted down by him of these.
Many thanks for adding to our Guest Book. We'd love to hear
about your Father's experiences on the Athelknight. Regards Gwenllian.
Date: 18 May
Just been looking at your landscapes again Tony. Sitting here in my office in
Hobart I can almost see myself sitting there, looking out over the Irish Sea...
wonderful stuff. Justin
You wouldn't want to be crossing it today Justin, it's pretty
rough !! Cheers Tony
Date: 19 May 2006
Gwenllian, It is truly a credit to you and Tony. There is something in it for
everybody. The work that has gone in to compiling it must be tremendously time
consuming to have gathered the facts and information which lie within it, there
is so much information about the area and much more. It is certainly fascinating
and I will return to it again probably many times in order to explore the many
topics covered. Keep up the good work. Hope to meet you again, Pat Guest.
Thanks Pat, hope to see you in Treaddur Bay, in the summer,
Date: 19 May 2006
Some great and classic ship photos, keep up the good work, Best wishes, Jim
Keep looking in, as we get new ships photographs all the
time, Regards Tony.
Date: 22 May 2006
Thank you for showing the photo of the CITY OF SYDNEY, (Ellerman Line)
I believe this was the ship that picked up all the 1300 survivors of the migrant
ship MS SKAUBRYN when that ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean on 1st
of April 1958 while on its way to Australia. Thanks again. William.
Glad you found the photo, and pleased you found the website,
Date: 23 May 2006
Excellent site.. photos are a superb collection. It will fill many pleasant days
working through all the pages.
Ron Rushbrooke. (Master Mariner BTC & Caltex)
We're lucky on Llyn, that there's a wealth of Maritime
history, and people are kind enough to share their photos with us. Regards Tony.
Date: 23 May 2006
Brilliant, I have yet to read and discover everything so I will return...... One
other website people who visit this site might like is that of Ambrose jones
David Barnes, Westport, New Zealand
Yes it's well worth a visit, and will put a link on my
Maritime Links page, Regards Tony.
Date: 23 May 2006
I visited this site hoping to find out more about the SS Wimborne. My
great uncle lost his life after he went overboard off Iceland somewhere between
1920 and 1922. If you know of any other sites where I might find the
information I Seek, I would like to hear from you. Thank you for an
informative and interesting website. email@example.com
I hope someone can help you with your search, I have a Dutch
friend who has a wealth of knowledge, on just about everything Maritime, and
will contact him today, Regards Tony.
Date: 02 Jun 2006
Have only just found your site and read with great interest the story of Capt.
John Lewis Jones OBE. In the 60's I lived in Morfa Nefyn and "Jack"
Jones would come to our house to teach me trigonometry in preparation for the
HMS Conway entrance exam. This I passed and for a few years he taught me and
others signals and navigation, a great character. I left Conway in 1969, joined
Harrison Line of Liverpool and am now working for Stena Line in Holyhead.
A Fantastic site and glad I have found it. Capt. Neil Humphreys.
Many thanks for your comments, I sailed with Capt Jones's son
Keith when he was Chief Engineer on the Holyhead ships, a really nice guy, Regards Tony.
Date: 06 Jun 2006
Has definitely made me want to visit. The photographs are stunning. Thank you!
If you are thinking of coming, take a look at the holiday
cottages to let section or the B&B all are well recommended. Thanks for the
compliment on the photographs. Regards Tony
Date: 08 Jun 2006
Llongyfarchiada ar safle we gwych. Ges fy'n denu draw wedi gweld llun ar safle
we BBC. Rhaid imi ddweud mae'r lluniau yn anhygoel, yn enwedig lle bo niwl yn
dod mewn i'r lan.
Diolch Andreas. Ydi mae'r boreau diweddaf yma wedi bod yn
anhygoel i'w gweld ac yn werth codi'n gynnar. Pob Hwyl Tony
Date: 09 Jun 2006
Excellent, very enjoyable easy to follow site. George Taylor ex BI engineer
Glad you found it easy to find your way around, this is an
important issue, that we are constantly trying to improve. Regards Tony.
Date: 09 Jun 2006
Brilliant website.As an ex Merchant seaman I find "The Sea" section of
great interest. The picture of the coaster "Roma" brought back
memories: as as I boy I can remember her bringing in Welsh coal to Bideford,
Devon in the late 50's.
Keep the good work up.
You wouldn't happen to know whether anyone took a photo of
her in Bideford by any chance? Regards Tony
Date: 21 Jun 2006
Well organized and outstanding collection of photos. And thank you for
answering a question my family has had for many years; what happened to the S.S.
Arvonian? You see my mother's father served onboard Arvonian when she was
the U.S.S Santee / H.M.S Bendish. He was aboard (Chief Boatswain's Mate)
when she was torpedoed, her refitting and later off Gibraltar. He always said
there was more to the story than what the U.S.N. released. He died in
1953, so Arvonian outlived him.
We are very pleased that you have found the missing piece in your
grandfathers jigsaw, if you put Arvonian into Google search, there's another
fuller account on an American website, which goes into great details about her
role as a navy boat. Regards Tony.
Date: 28 Jun 2006
Thank you for bringing back some good memories of the Deck Boy School and YMCA
where I stayed in the 70's then sailing Coastal with Elderdempsters and Glen
Line moving on to the Far East with the Blue Funnel Line and Protesilaus. It was
interesting to see she changed her name and was then hit by a missile in the
Persian Gulf. Great site Thank You again Nick Wileman.
Hi Nick, Many thanks for your comments. Mr Gwyn Jones lent me
the YMCA photographs, and much of the material for the Blue Funnel pages, for
which I'm most grateful, so we can share them with like minded people. Regards
Date: 29 Jun 2006
I am trying to find a record of my uncle, Claude Campbell, who was a seaman with
the Blue Funnel Line. He was last heard from in the 1920's. Thank you very much,
Judy Balcombe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for getting in touch Judy, we have left your e-mail
address here, in the hope that someone out there might be able to help, Regards
Date: 01 Jul 2006
You have a great site I have found a lot of information regarding my family.
Many thanks to you. I was born in Bwlchtocyn and now live in Derby.
I am looking for any information you may have or can find regarding Griffith
Griffiths born around 1809 in the parish of Llanengan. I know he was a
Mariner and that his wife Ellinor was widowed by 1861, I know he drowned at sea
but that’s it. I would be most grateful if you could find any
information regarding this matter. Diolch yn fawr ichi. Tom Griffiths
Many thanks for your comments. Sorry but we don't have much
information before 1861. The only place that we can think of that may be of help
is The Welsh Mariners website, which is a great source of knowledge. Regards
Date: 03 Jul 2006
Hi, I am back again. Tom Griffiths from Bwlchtocyn now from Derby. I
was reading your short stories like “The Purse” Could you tell me if Tom
Jones from Aberdaron compiled the story. William Jones was my uncle so Tom was
my cousin. I remember My Uncle Will telling me lots of stories from that part of
the world when I we used to visit with my mother Jenny (Parry her maiden
name) from Pen-y Bont Llangwnadal and my father John Griffiths from Bwlchtocyn.
It would be interesting for me to know regarding these stories. Many thanks Tom.
Hi Tom, I knew your aunts Phoebe and Ella, Pen-y- Bont, very
well, my father was the vicar of Llangwnadl. The stories we borrowed for the
website were written by your uncle William Jones. Could you get in touch with us
by email please. Gwenllian
Date: 04 Jul 2006
Gwefan dda ar y diawl, lot o waith wedi mynd iddi ac mae'n ddifyr ei archwilio
.Mae mwy o hanes Rhiw yn llyfr Evan J Davies Tyn y mynydd .enw'r llyfr ydi
Y Llwybr Cul. Hwyl.
Diolch mae'n waith caled, ond yn waith pleser a falch eich
bod yn mwynhau, ac yn ol yr arfer os oes genncyh chi hen luniau neu hanesion
cofiwch gysylltu. Gwenllian
Date: 07 Jul 2006
Great collection or as we say in US Navy BRAVO ZULU but I missed not seeing
KING'S ARM in Kobe one of my favorites of 50-years ago on aircraft carrier port
calls. Bud Hoff Capt USN-ret Alexandria Va.
Thanks for your comments Capt, I did venture into the King's
Arms once or twice, but it wasn't what you would call your average Far Eastern
"Girlie Bar" but more like an English country pub. Quite out of place
in down town Kobe!!! Regards Tony
Date: 08 July 2006
Thank you for bringing back some good memories of the Deck Boy
School and YMCA where I stayed in the 70's then sailing Coastal with
Elderdempsters and Glen Line moving on to Far East with the Blue Funnel Line and
Protesilaus I will see if I have any memorabilia you can use and email it to you
Thanks again Nick.
Many thanks for your comments Nick, we look forward to hearing
from you, Regards Tony
Date: 12 Jul 2006
What a lovely site. The warmth and charm of the webmaster is very strong. Hope
to visit someday. Seems my 11 grandfather, Joseph Eastland is from Wales. We
were fortunate to visit his original homesite at Oyster Bay, New York last week.
Again, I truly enjoyed browsing this website.
Suzanne Dean-Drucker, League City, Texas.
We're very glad that you like our website Suzanne, your
comments are much appreciated, and we hope that you call again soon. Regards
Tony & Gwenllian.
Date: 15 Jul 2006
ST AELRHIW'S DAY
Hello all - a bit late getting back to you regarding my earlier post in August
2004 on St Aelrhiw's Day . However there really IS a St Aelrhiw's Day on
September 9th every year! Where better to celebrate it than at Rhiw?
The dates of the various Celtic Saint's days are recorded in the lists of Celtic
Saints which is on the druidsutterance.net site!. Here is a sample:-
St Aelrhiw 9 SEPTEMBER,
St. Deiniol 11 SEPTEMBER,
St. Eilfyw 12 SEPTEMBER,
St. Ninian 16 SEPTEMBER,
St. Socrates 17 SEPTEMBER
Meanwhile - anyone with any more information on the Jones family who once lived
at "Trip" in the centre of the Rhiw (a modern bungalow now stands on
the site) I would love to hear from you on email@example.com
. David Morris Jones
Nice to hear from you again David, and many thanks for the
information, we will have to celebrate. Regards Tony & Gwenllian.
Date: 18 Jul 2006
I found your site while looking for information on Nevin. What a great
site!! Really enjoyed all the information about the men of the sea and
pictures of the ships. A pleasure to visit with you. Thank you for
all the hard work and dedication it must have taken to put the site together. Heather
Hi Heather, Glad you found the website enjoyable, and we hope
that you call again soon, Regards Gwenllian.
Date: 29 Jul 2006
Enjoyed the website of the Welsh Navy tremendously. Many thanks. I left Holts 40
years ago (as Mate) and now live on top of a hill in central Texas, 100 miles
away from the sea, where there are NO ships and NO hurricanes. My father was on
the Conway when anchored in the Mersey when it froze before the Menai straits
had been colonized, and Deck Boys joined Holts who didn't speak English
More recently I lived near the lady from League City (12 July comment).
Nostalgic Richard Dixon.
Thanks for your interesting addition to our guest book, glad
you like the site, Rg Tony
Date: 29 Jul 2006
Thank you for an interesting and informative site. My gg-grandfather Daniel
Davies (b 1813) was a mariner and came from the area of Tydweiliog. He sailed as
mate on the vessel "Ellen" in 1860 was Captain of the "Sea
Lark" in 1869 and his last vessel "Clara" was lost in 1870. I
would like to hear from anyone with similar interest and I would especially like
to trace him in 1841. Best wishes Chris.
We have a copy of the 1841 census for Llyn, but a lot of the
villages are illegible. But we will look up Tudweiliog, to see if your family is
on it, Rg Gwenllian.
Date: 01 Aug 2006
Kerry Thomas, Penrhyndeudraeth ar y mor ers 1969 Union
Castle, Empress of England, Blue Star, Port Line, Shaw Savill, Moss Hutchison,
PSNC ac R.F.A. ers 1980, nawr yn Bosun.
Diolch yn fawr am dy sylwadau Kerry. Hwyl Tony.
Date: 01 Aug 2006
Hi Tony (and Smot the dog),
Great to meet you on Sunday, love the site have enjoyed mooching through and
seeing the area we love so much. We enjoyed our walk and appreciated your advice
on the route. We will be back soon to explore some more. Regards from Dave and
Great meeting you also, and look forward to seeing you
both again, when you next come over to Rhiw. Regards Tony & Gwenllian.
Date: 01 Aug 2006
Trevor Evans Sr.
Mother from Llythfaen, father from Trefor. Lleyn Am Byth.
Da iawn chi Trevor, does yna nunlle fel Llyn, Hwyl Tony
Date: 01 Aug 2006
Heddiw y daethum ar draws eich gwefan ac yr wyf wedi cael pleser o'r mwyaf yn
pori yma ac acw ynddi. Un o hogia Llyn wyf i, wedi fy ngeni a'm magu yn
Llanbedrog ond yn byw yng Nghanada ers 40 mlynedd bellach. Codi tipyn o hiraeth
arnaf wnaeth eich gwefan, ond mae ar gadw 'rwan ymhlith y "Favourites."
Byddaf yn ymweld a'r dudalen yn aml 'rwyn siwr. Hwyl a bendith - Norman
Diolch am gysylltu ac yn falch eich bod wedi mwynhau ein
gwefan. A neis clywed ei fod yn un o'ch ffefrynau. Hwyl Tony &
Date: 04 Aug 2006
Mae'r wefan hon yn 1 or gwefanau mwyaf diddorol sydd erioed wedi ei chreu!!!
mae'r llyniau yn ddidorol hefyd mae pwy bynnag wnaeth feddwl am y wefan hon yn
wych hefo syniadau gwerth chweil!!! pwy oedd hwn/hon tybed??? a fuasech yn medru
helpu pobl fel fi chwilio am wybodaeth am y teulu oherwydd dwi wedi gweld
rhagor o lyniau o'n nheulu!! a fuasech yn medru cystyllu a mi ar (e-bost) diolch
yn fawr iawn!!! Megi.
Diolch yn fawr am dy sylwadau Megi. Mae dy e-bost gennym,
ac fe wnawn gysylltu yn fuan. Hwyl Gwenllian.
Date: 06 Aug 2006
Thank you for your site which brought back many memories of Blue Funnel. I
worked in India Buildings in the Inward Freight Department from 1968 and then
Bills of Lading until the last Blue Funnel sailing from Liverpool which was a
very sad day. My only trip on a Blue Funnel ship was a coastal trip from
Liverpool to Glasgow and back to Birkenhead on Ascanius shortly after she had
returned from a spell with Elders. Thanks once again for your site and all the
hard work that must have been put into it. Bob Vague.
Many thanks for your very interesting comments Bob, I'm
very glad you like you like my Blue Funnel pages, but it has been a labour of
love, Regards Tony
Date: 07 Aug 2006
Braf yw cael gwybodaeth diddorol a hanesion melys o ben llyn. Sian Jones, Qatar
Diolch yn fawr am dy sylwadau. Mi fues i yn gweithio yn
Qatar am rhai misoedd, mae'r aur yn rhad fel baw yno!!! Mi brynais tsaen aur yno
am £126, ac yma roedd werth £500 yma, fedrai ddim gweitiad i fynd yn ol yna.
Hwyl Fawr Tony
Date: 14 Aug 2006
Gwenllian, Tony & Sarah :-)
Clare from Newcastle here!
Thought I would have a quick peek to see if this was still up and going after a
fab weekend in Aberdaron. The site is fantastic and am really pleased that
you all still have the passion and energy to celebrate one of my favourite
places in the world! I have of course stolen a few pictures for my PC at
home to keep me going until my next visit! Hope you are all keeping well! Love
Great to hear from you Clare, and thanks for your lovely
comments. Next time you're down, make sure you come and see us, we'd love to see
Love Gwenllian & Tony.
Date: 19 Aug 2006
As a former resident of Sarn and before that Rhiw I found your website quite
fascinating. It is great to be able to see views and information of my
home area so easily. Keep up the excellent work.
However I noted one omission, there seemed to be no mention of the Neolithic axe
factory (grid reference SH 237 299 I believe). Surely when such a village
is associated with an archaeological site of such importance should be mentioned
on the web site. Diolch Matt.
Many thanks for your comments Matt. We do have a small
piece about the Axe factory in one of the pages, but like you say we should give
it more prominence. Regards Tony. Link to the page About
Date: 18 Aug 2006
Capt Nick Bennett
Sailed on:- Clan Malcolm, Clan Maclaren, Clan Graham, Clan Ross - Nee Kinpurnie
Castle, Clan MacGreggor, Clan Macintosh, Pendennis Castle, King James and
Rotherwick Castle. I'm still afloat!!! Good to see there's still interest
Best wishes Nick.
Many thanks for your comments Capt. Regards Tony
Date: 22 Aug 2006
Firstly, I would like to say what a fantastic site -written by people who
obviously appreciate what a special area this is. I only wish I'd come across
your site sooner though. I've just completed a book entitled 'Ancient Echoes:
the early history of a Welsh peninsula' (published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch Sept
2006), which examines many of the ancient sites of Llyn, Arfon and Eifionydd
(starting in the Neolithic period and ending in the early Christian period). I
was not previously aware of the Meillionydd parc holy well, the Tyn Fron burial
chamber or the Ysgo and Nant Gadwen stones until I came across your site by
chance. I have to agree with you that the markings on the latter stone certainly
look man-made, though what a strange monument! Anyway, I would certainly like to
include the above in future editions of the book and mention your website.
Congratulations on a superb and fascinating site!
All the Best, Julian Heath.
Many thanks for your comments, and for such an
interesting subject. I wonder if you can get in touch with us, our e-mail
address is on our contact page. Regards Tony.
Date: 02 Sep 2006
Just spent a pleasant hour looking at the ships. A nicely laid out website with
very useful links of genealocal interest. You have obviously put a lot of time
and effort into this. Well done...da iawn, Mervyn in Bangor.
Many thanks for your comments Mervyn, we will add a link
to your excellent website on our Census page, Regards Tony
Date: 06 Sep 2006
Wonderful site, found images of my grandfather's vessel 'Centurion' he sailed
from the UK in 1907 as ships carpenter, disembarked Newcastle N.S.W Australia in
February,1908 with illness. Never to return home. Would like to obtain
copies of photo's
Spencer G Jones
Thanks for getting in touch Spencer. I'll have a look
through the scans, and hopefully will be able to send you a large image of the
"Centurion". Regards Tony
Date: 20 Sep 2006
Yr wyf yn cysidro a oeddwn yn adnabod Tony ar longau caergybi,a oedd o yn
gweithio i lawr yr 'injan room'? Pob hwyl. Meirion.
Helo Meirion, Ar dec oeddwn i pan oeddwn ar longau
Caergybi, o Ionawr 1979 dan Fehefin 1995. Mi oeddwn yn Q.M. ar y Stena Cambria,
am y dair blynedd olaf. Hwyl Tony.
Date: 20 Sep 2006
Rhiw.com is the best website ever! When the hiraeth is
getting too much I spend a couple of hours browsing through the photos and feel
much better! Thank you for your brilliant site. Rosemary Lewis.
Many thanks for your kind comments Rosemary. Regards Gwenllian.
Date: 23 Sep 2006
Great Site and Credit to those responsible for creating. Brought back lots of
memories of ships and companies mentioned, having served with some of
companies mentioned whilst serving in Merchant navy myself after leaving
Gravesend Sea School 1952 thence left Merchant navy 1990
Glad you enjoyed our Maritime section, it certainly was
a labour of love setting it up, and I hope to add more over the coming months.
Date: 23 Sep 2006
Hi - What a terrific site, we used to come up the area for family holidays 40
years ago, but we have not been back for a while. I have just convinced my wife
that we must have a long weekend on the Lleyn before the end of the year. You
have rekindled so many fantastic childhood memories, I can't wait to come back
and check out Porth Iago, Porth Oer. PS Mike Sheldrakes photos are stunning!!
Many Thanks for the great site!!!! Kevin - Wrexham
Hope you have a great time when you come over, and
thanks for your comments. Rg Tony
Date: 25 Sep 2006
Newydd gael hyd i ddau neu dri llun o Bremerhaven 1991, bydd yn rhaid i mi eu
postio gan fod rhywbeth wedi digwydd i fy scanner, fel y buasent yn dweud yn
Nigeria ers talwm "My scanner disapoint me, it will not agree to work"
Daliwch ymlaen hefo'r wefan wych yma. Hwyl fawr Dic Jones.
Edrych ymlaen i weld y lluniau Capt Jones. Gaeson ni
dipyn o sbort yn y tri mis yn Bremerhaven yn do. Hwyl a diolch yn fawr, Tony
Date: 27 Sep 2006
Having visited your site I was so pleased to find the Llyn Peninsula Census
which has been invaluable in my research into Family History. I originate from
Pwllheli but my ancestry stems from the "Lion Inn" Tydweiliog where my
father was born in 1897. Congratulations on a very interesting site to visit and
may your excellent work continue. Many thanks.
John Bennett Jones (now of Croydon). Diolch eto.
Many thanks for your comments, Regards Gwenllian.
Date: 28 Sep 2006
Tracey Grimsley, Bangor.
My grandfather was Hugh Jones from Amlwch (Dempsey was his nickname) and he died
after falling from the Kylebank in 1952. I found an article in the local
archives office when researching the family tree:
Amlwch Officer’s Fate: Swept Away By Sea
“Chief Officer Hugh Jones, aged 40, of the 969 tons collier ‘Kylebank’ was
swept away and presumed drowned on Monday when he was endeavouring to free the
ship’s anchor, which was fouled by a length of wood. His home was at
No.2 Council Houses, Burwen Road, Amlwch, and he leaves a widow and three
The collier was anchored in Barry Roads, outside the dock entrance, and Mr Jones
went over the side in the bosun’s chair, watched by several members of the
crew. He was trying to clear the wood when the chair swung out and he fell
into the sea.
A witness said Mr Jones was wearing a heavy overcoat and was seen struggling to
get it off. He grasped lifebelts which were thrown to him, but was swept
I would be interested to hear from anyone who worked alongside Hugh or knew
Hugh. Also his brothers Colin McLeod Marshall who drowned in Hamble and
John Norman Marshal (Johnny). Ant information would be gratefull received.
Hi Tracey, If you e-mail us we will try our best to help
you, Regards Gwenllian.
Date: 29 Sep 2006
Hi, stumbled across this site and very interested to read about Capt. Roberts, I
sailed with him in 1966 and would love to have more details about him today
many thanks by the way . Is the page available in English
regards Maurice Day
Hi Maurice, Yes the page is in English, in the Llyn and
the Sea section. Rg Tony
Oes rhywun yn gwybod enw iawn "Sion Gorni" sydd yn un o'r hen lyniau
fel "un o gymeriadau LLyn"?
Hi Eleri, Diolch am y sylwadau. John Griffith Hughes,
mab Neli Modlan o Tai Isa, Edern oedd Sioni Gorni, ac mae o mewn amryw hen
luniau fel yr un tu allan i'r Ship Aberdaron, lle mae J Glynne Davies yn ddyn
ifanc yn eistedd yn y cert, ond yr un dwi wedi weld fwyaf cyffredin ydi
hwnnw ble mae o ar y ffordd yn Llangwnadl. Hwyl Gwenllian
Helo! WAAAAA website fab
Diolch am y sylw, falch fod o yn plesio. Hwyl G.
Diolch am yr ateb prydlon. Yr hanes yn y teulu ydi bod "Sioni Gorni"
yn hanner brawd i fy hen daid. Hwyl
Diddorol iawn Eleri os gawn ni fwy o'i hanes mi wnawn
adael i chi wybod. Mae'n amlwg ei fod yn dipyn o gymeriad o'r lluniau a'r ffaith
fod na fwy nag un llun ohonno. Falch ein bod wedi medru helpu. Hwyl G.
Date: 02 Oct 2006
HI my name is Tim Norman i live in hampshire uk,I think your work is very
good,and your a man after my own heart,as i also love bird's of prey and alike.i
enjoy chainsaw carving these bird's from old tree's,here's to your next
brilliant and welcome work's. sincerely Tim.N.
Hi Tim We'll pass on your comments to David Frisby. He
is as you say a brilliant sculptor of birds of prey. If you visit our links page
David has his own website and you could get in touch with him if you like.
Date: 02 Oct 2006
Love your website. The pictures are beautiful and you present the history of the
I would like to learn more about Tyn y Graig as my 5th great grandparents lived
there (Arthur & Catherine Roberts) and my 4th great grandfather Robert
Arthur was living there until he came to the United States approx 1824, aged 79.
I found two of his children on your list of Emigrants to America page, but he
and the rest of the kids were missing. Any information would be
Diolch, Tegwyn, email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Tegwyn.We do have a small article on the house in the
history pages. It has been a kind of icon for Rhiw, many artists have painted it
and it is also well photographed, due to it's picturesque location. It was once
a tavern and legend has it that the smugglers had a secret tunnel up to it. For
the past few years it has sadly been abandoned but is now undergoing
renovations. Regards Gwenllian
Date: 07 Oct 2006
Does anyone have access to the old parish registers of Rhiw - births, marriages
and deaths recorded perhaps at St Aelrhiw's Church? They'd be a great addition
to this site if they're available somewhere.
David Morris Jones
Hi David. Yes it would be good to have them on. We'll
look into it in the near future. But in the meantime if anyone could help with
this we'd more than grateful. Regards Gwenllian
Tony - thanks for getting back to me re Parish Registers. It would be great to
have these on the site some day.
Thanks again too for a wonderful website and for all the hard work that goes
into it. We aim to pay a visit to Rhiw before the end of this year.
David Morris Jones (ex Teulu "Trip") email@example.com
Look forward to seeing soon. Regards Gwenllian
Date: 07 Oct 2006
My compliments for this brilliant site about Blue Funnel. My father sailed on
many of the "Dutch" blue funnel ships as a chief officer and master.
This gave me the opportunity to sail on a number of coastal trips from Liverpool
to Hamburg and Amsterdam on blue funnels "Laertus" "Eumaeus"
"Polydorus"and "Adrastus". Greetings
Dirk 't Lam - Zoetermeer - Holland.
Many thanks for your comments Dirk. Regards Gwenllian.
Ddrwg gennyf fod yn boen, ond cwestiwn arall am Sion Gorni sydd gennyf. 'Da
chi'n gwybod enw iawn ei fam Elin Modlan? Hefyd fedra'i ddim gael hyd i
"Tai Isa" yng nghyfrifiad Edern. Fedrwch chi helpu?
Dwi ddim yn gwybod enw iawn Neli Modlan ond mae Tai Isa
lawr Lon Cae Glas, Edern, wel mae na Tai Isa lawr y lon yna, prun ydi nhw'r un
lle allai ddim bod yn sicr. Hwyl Gwenllian
Date: 10 Oct 2006:
Diolch am y cyfle i ymeld a Rhiw.com. ER nid oLlyn yr wyf mae digon o
atgofion gen pan yn ymweld a fy modryb yn Abersoch - Gladys williams Riffli a
dreuliodd ei hoes yn dusgu plant yr ardal. Gwlad braf yw llyn yn enwedig
ym mhenLlyn ar ddiwrnod o ha'. Rwy.n byw yn awr yn Vancouver Canada ers
dros 40 mlynedd bellach ond yn cadw cysylltiad a Chymru drwy e-bost.
Ann Gwyn Roberts
Diolch am gysylltu Ann a falch ein bod yn gallu dod ag
atgofion i chi. Cofion Gwenllian
Date: 12 Oct 2006
I think your website is better than good. It makes such enjoyable reading. Thank
you. Signed,Norma Williams from Welsh Liverpool
Many thanks for your comments Norma. So glad that you
have enjoyed the website and hope you keep looking in from time to time. Regards
Hello I 've visited a few times but quite new to computers so just plucked up
courage to sign your guest book, i found it by accident while researching my
family tree.my grt grandfather was born in Nevin in 1856 Griffith Hughes.So far
I' ve traced the family back to 1841 in NEVIN would love to find any family
relations.His fathers name was Robert Hughes and on the 1861 census they lived
at 56 Tyddyn y ffynon.what a lovley site this is WELL DONE love from Karen
Hughes (a south walian )
Thanks Karen. I hope someone of the same family sees
this and gets in touch with you. All the best and good luck with your research.
Fe ganfuaist y safle yn ddamweiniol ond rwyn falch ofnadwy am hynny. Rhodd teulu
ar ochr fy mam yn byw yn Rhiw bynyddoedd maith yn ol. Mae'r lluniau a'r storiau
yn wych ac llenwi llawer o fylchiau am y gorffennol.
Huw Price o Dreorci
Diolch am eich sylwadau Huw. Os oes ganddoch chi hen
luniau o'r teulu, efallai yr hoffech eu cynnwys ar y tudalennau hen luniau. Hwyl
One of the most comprehensive and informative web sites I have ever come across.
Alas, I only looked at in more detail after paying Rhiw a fleeting visit a few
weeks ago and I was knocked sideways by its stunning beauty! This site gives all
the information one is ever likely to need and more. The photographs are
stunning but, as good as they are, they cannot hold a candle to the real thing.
There are some things that are so beautiful that the camera, even in the hands
of the most accomplished of photographers, can never do it justice. There
has obviously been a lot of love and time been put into the construction of this
site and this could only have been done by someone whose heart and soul lies in
this very speical place. Great Stuff - I will return!!
Diàne Horsfall, Poole, Dorset
Thank you so much for the compliments for Rhiw, Diane,
it is a beautiful place and hope you do return soon and before you do take a
look at some of our holiday cottages, all well recommended. Regards Gwenllian
I would like as much information as possible about the Reina Del Pacifico - more
importantly from the years 1957 when she ran aground off bermuda. My
Father George Quilliam was at the wheel of the ship at the time and would love
to hear from anybody who was around in this period. Many Thanks -
Christine Quilliam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think shipsnostalgia would be a good place to try and get
some info, there's a link on our maritime links page, which you may find
helpful. Regards Gwenllian
Date: 05 Nov 2006
maynard (manny)smith, mn. ret. at sea. 1950.-1960.
then instuctor' 1960-1966 vindicatrix .tsharpness.glos.training ship.
just found your very enjoyable site. my father was. welsh. from ton pentre,
rhonda valley.will be looking at your site often. I live in the forest of
Many thanks for your comments Manny. Regards Gwenllian
What a charming web-site! The aerial photos of your beautiful peninsula are
quite simply, stunning! I'm in my 50's and have been holidaying in Llyn since I
was in single figures. My teenage son James now regards Llyn as the ideal
'chill-out' place for himself and his mates, so you are obviously pressing all
the right buttons with OUR family. When James was in single figures, we spent a
glorious fortnight in Rhiw; the views out toward Ynys Enlli are still vivid in
the mind. James, I remember, developed a soft spot for a rather spirited pony in
a field nearby. Name of Ffion, if I remember correctly. MY recollections of her
were that she had a predeliction for taking large and painful lumps out of any
part of my anatomy within easy reach! Happy days!
Anyway, your site is wonderful. I've only scratched the surface yet, and hope
you have something on the manganese mines in the valley leading to Porth Ysgo.
Also the radar station under the Clip has always intrigued me. Is it
purely for shipping, or are there more esoteric theories surrounding it? Hmmmm.
Rest assured, I'll be back to your fascinating site regularly, especially over
the coming winter months.
Keep up the good work!
Thank you for your comments Andy. The radar station is
owned and run by the MOD and what goes on there is not privy to mere mortals
such as myself !!! The aerial photographs are fantastic aren't they and it was
whilst sitting on the Clip one sunny Sunday morning that Tony took a photo of
Mike flying around and fortunately for the rest of us Mike got in touch and
kindly lent us his images, which are really breathtaking. All the best Gwenllian
Date: 13 Nov 2006
Hi Tony, I have been looking at your photo's here and on the Ephotozine, your
photo's are amazing, I am from Dublin myself live on the East coast, It only
recently that I have taken a keener interest in photography. Outdoors, my dogs,
and after that anything that catches my eye. Looking over your pictures has me
thinking I can do better. I recently purchased a Fuji S9500 and have enjoyed the
learning curve, it feels very steep at times,`
Thanks for the inspiration and give Smot a pat on the head for me. Wishing you
and yours good health.
Hi Aidan, Many thanks for your kind comments about my
photos. It's only since I joined EPZ some six months ago that I have really appreciated
the medium, by looking at other photographers work, and learning by comments on
my own and other images. Just keep at it, and by reading the weather, and a bit
of luck, your photos will improve, and your enjoyment accordingly. Regards Tony.
P.S, If you see the Llyn on a clear day, could you
photograph it and send it on, as we'd love to see one taken from the Emerald
Date: 15 Nov 2006
Dear all thank you
this is a very good web site to look at old days sorry can not find words to say
so thank you .
Many thanks for commenting and glad you find it
Date: 18 Nov 2006
Safle ardderchog i unrhyw un yn olrain hanes teuluol, gallaf nawr rhoi gwyneb im
hen hen daid Hugh Jones Cae Crin Uwchmynydd. Os oes gan unrhyw un wybodaeth am
deulu Cae Crin , PenMaes neu Talcen Foel Uwchmynydd byddwn yn falch iawn i
glywed ganddoch. Meinir Jones. email@example.com
Diolch am eich sylwadau Meinir. Dipyn o gymeriad oedd
eich hen, hen daid, ac mae ei hanes ar y we yn dangos dycnwch a chaledi yr oes a
fu, fedrai ddim gweld neb yn cerdded o Uwchmynydd i Bwllheli i weithio rwan. Pob
hwyl i chi ar ymchwilio'n bellach, Gwenllian
Date 28 Nov 2006
Hi My name is Steve Davidson And I was brought up in Tan-Y Graig where my
parents still live. ITs a great site and a wonderful place to live
Thanks for your comments Steve. You must miss the place,
Tan y Graig has some of the best views in Rhiw. Regards Gwenllian.
Date: 29 Nov 2006
Newydd fod yn edrych ar luniau LLangwnadl. Mae llun ysgol 1906 yna,
Mae fy nain sef Ann Llain Las yna ai ddwy chwaer sef Mary( cae geifr,Aberdaron)
a Jane yno. Mi roeddynt yn byw yn Llain Las cyn i fy nain a nhaid sef
Robert Jones Penmount, Rhiw yngartrefy yn Mhlaenau Ffestiniog yn 1927. Mae
y wefan yn rhagorol. Diolch Eifiona
Diolch am gysylltu Eifiona. Da ni newydd gael mwy o hen
luniau ysgol Llangwnadl a hefyd llun o Barti Tonic Solffa, Capel Penygraig. Mi
rhown ni nhw ar y we cyn bo hir. Os oes ganddoch luniau efallai y medrwch eu
ebostio i ni. Os wnewch chi gysyslltu efo ebost mi ddown yn ol atoch. Cofion a diolch Gwenllian.
Date: 29 Nov 2006
"Eifiona -nodion 29 Tachwedd 2006"
A oes cysylltiad rhwng teulu Llain Las a teulu Tyn FFynnon Llangwnadl? Tuag
1880's Evan Parry yn priodi Jane Jones Tyn Ffynnon, a mab gennynt Henry Parry
gannwyd yn 1882? Rhyw sylwadau
John Jones Croydon Surrey..
Date: 02 Dec 2006
It's a wonderful site and have spent some time exploring it. I don't have the
time today to go through all the pics of "Alfred Holt's navy" so I'm saving
those up for another time.
My mother's family had connections in Trefriw but started visiting Llanbedrog in
the summer after the closest relative died (about 1924).
Originally they stayed in the upper village but soon formed a friendship with
Mrs Jones of Argoed, whose husband was Prifathro at Foel y Gron school in
Mynytho. The family's connection with Llanbedrog continued after the war and two
of my aunts retired there.
When on leave from the WAAF in 1941 my mother met an airman who was stationed at
Penrhos (of Saunders Lewis fame). He was a Canadian who had been living in
Belgium and who with his brother had escaped to Britain to serve in the Armed
After the airman was killed in action, my mother married his brother and so I
was born. I might add that my mother carried me to term in Llyn and only went to
her sister's in Manchester for the confinement.
I often long to be there, and looking at the views both modern and old, is of
Thank you very much for all your hard work.
Albert Gomperts, Antwerp, Belgium
PS. I wonder if you know of any information about or pictures of the quarries on
I remember the last boat sailing from jetty there in April 1949/1950. My sister
was very small and had a red knitted hat. It blew off and snagged in the rigging
of the ship.
Hi Albert, Many thanks for your kind
comments about our website, and we read your account of your time in Llyn with
great interest. Sorry but we haven't seen any photographs of the Llanbedrog
quarry yet, but if someone lends us any, they will be posted in the Llyn
maynard (manny)smith, mn. ret. at sea. 1950.-1960.
then instuctor' 1960-1966 vindicatrix .tsharpness.glos.training ship.
just found your very enjoyable site. my father was. welsh. from ton pentre,
rhonda valley.will be looking at tour site often. I live in the forest of
Thanks for getting in touch and glad you enjoyed the
website. Regards Gwenllian
Date: 8 Dec2006
I have just come across your excellent web-site and thoroughly enjoyed searching
through it. My own connection with Blue Funnel was as travelling to Hong Kong as
a child aged 10 in 1956. It remains the most exciting time of my life and I
often think about the Ascanius. I have collected, from various web-sites,
pictures of many of the ships for my personal enjoyment but have yet to come
across any interior photos, particularly of the A Class ships, of which the
Ascanius was, I believe, one. Thank you so much for your entertaining site, I
shall visit it often.
Hi Mike, Thanks for commenting and hopefully an interior
photo will turn up soon. Keep looking in, we have a few more Blue Funnel
pages to add in the next few weeks. Regards Gwenllian
Date: 09 Dec 2006
9ed Rhagfyr 2006: Ivor Bodfel Owen.
Mi ddeuthym ar draws yn y sylwadau 2005 Rhif 188 gan Ifor Bodfel Owen.
Blynyddoedd yn ol, yr oedd un or un enw yn byw yn 25 High Street Pwllheli. Y
newydd ddiwethaf oedd wedi mynd i fyw i New Zealand.'Sgwn I ydyw hwn yr un un.
Oes bosibl i gael e-mail address iddo fo. Yr oeddwn i yn byw drws nesaf 27 High
Street, (John Bennett Jones a Olwen fy chwaer) Fy e-mail I ydyw :firstname.lastname@example.org
Mi fuaswn yn ddiolchgar am glywed amdano.
John Bennett Jones (Croydon)
Mae Ifor Bodfel Owen mewn cysylltiad a ni a mi yrrwn ei
e-bost chi John. Pob Hwyl Gwenllian
Date: 12 Dec 2006
Tai Isaf , Edern
(Ymholiad am Sion Gorni)
Yn bur amal , bydd Tai Isaf a Brynogollwyd a Chwmistir etc.yn cael eu
cynnwys hefo Cyfrifiad Plwy Tudweiliog.
Gwilym Owen, Edern (ers talwm)
Diolch am eich sylw Gwilym. Pob Hwyl Gwenllian
Date: 17 Dec 2006
I have spent another extremely pleasurable hour trawling through Rhiw.com.
gets better and better,anhygoel.Meirion
Thanks for the comments Meirion, the New Year should see
a few more Blue Funnel memories, so keep looking in. Regards Tony
Date: 18 Dec 2006
Enjoyed the web of the Blue funnel line ships,I sailed with them for 11years,
first ship Menelaus,( football posts), perseus on maiden voyage, then on a
number of A boats, Jason, helenus, last ship was the Pyrrus, this web brought
back lots of memories, thank you for that, sincierly pete
rodgers, (ex A.B )
Thanks for your comments Pete, if you have any photos of
the Blue Funnel ships you sailed on please let us know. Regards Tony
Date: 20 Dec 2006
Cael hyd i Rhiw.com heb yn ddisgwyl pan yn chwarae ar yr Internet. Wel dyma
safle ardderchog. Mae yn awr dros bymtheg mlynedd ers pan fu farw fy rhieni ac
ers y siardwn i fawr yn Gymraeg, felly efallai y maddewch i mi am droi i'r
I have been trying to follow a branch of my family tree where I knew my
grandfather was a native of Llanfaelrhys but remote efforts from Wiltshire had
not been very successful.
Thanks to your site I have got back 5 generations to 1796. This will prove the
spur needed to take up the chase again.
I have found the photographic section very interesting and nostalgic and I will
certainly be accessing the site on many occassions in the future, it now having
been firmly planted in my Favourites.
Thank you for all the effort you must have put into the site.
Hi Hywel, so glad you found the website useful and that you could find a
few more branches of your Family Tree. Good luck with the rest of your research.
All the best and many thanks for your comments. Gwenllian
Date: 22 Dec 2006
Great lifeboat shot Tony - happy memories of my one and only visit to the
station in 1989.
Thanks Justin, it took some planning, glad the sun shone
on me that Sunday morning.
Date: 27 Dec 2006
What a wonderful website! I came across it while researching my father's
family, who were from Edern. His uncle, Hugh Rowlands, was a ship's
engineer on the Arvonian, but I don't know which other ships he served on.
The Rowlands family were employed at the woolen mill in Edern. I would be
grateful for any information about them.
I lived in Anglesey and in Colwyn Bay before coming to Canada in 1972.
Thanks for your comment Sheila. Hopefully someone may
have some more info for you about the Rowlands family, will get back to you on
this one. Regards Gwenllian
Date: 28 Dec 2006
Hello, I'm French, I've found this Website when I was searching Grey Fergie's
photos! There are very beautiful Ferguson tractor's pictures in your site!
But, what is Rhiw, an Irish Village?? What is the language of the site, Gaelic?
Gaelic look likes Breton, the old language of Brittany, which is a region of
France, in the West.
So, I've a website, you can see my Ferguson on it!
The address is
Congratulations for your good site, and photos are wonderful!
Hi Remi, The Grey Fergie is a fantastic little tractor
and very close to the hearts of many and also to the Bretons it appears from
your website. Rhiw is in Pays de Galle and the language is Welsh,(Galles) which
is very similar to Breton. Many years ago the onion sellers used to come from
Brittany and we understood each other in our own languages, as many words are
very similar. We will put a link to your website on ours in the Little Grey
Fergie section. Merci Beacoup pour votre comment et Felicitations Gwenllian
Date: 31 Dec 2006
I had the pleasure of joining the Jason in Melbourne in 1966 as a junior
engineer.After several voyages I joined the Nestor on the Singapore Aussie run,
we took her back to the UK where she became the Glenafric. I did a trip on the
Calchas to the Far East then a quick trip down to West Africa on the Oti.
Deciding to return to Australia I shipped out to Singapore on the super P Priam
then flew home from there. My father sailed with Blue Flu as a leckie and my
grandfather was a mate that was torpedoed during the war. I am still working as
an engineer and over the years have met a lot of ex Blue flu people working in
Aussie.Within our industry ex Bluies engineers are held in high regard although
there arnt many of us left working these days. I enjoyed my time with the
company. I think at the time there were about 8 Aussies working in the company.
My name is Ian Berry and I can be contacted by Email, thank you for the web site
Many thanks for your comments Ian, I'm glad
you like our Blue Funnel pages, and all the very best for the New Year. Regards
Diolch yn fawr i bawb am eich sylwadau / Many thanks to you
all for your comments