Date: 02 Jan 2012

Walter E Roberts still looking for my family
I live in Colorado now.

Date: 06 Jan 2012

Just spent the day down at Porth Ysgo and climbing the pimple at the listening station. Fantastic memories of great holidays at the farm at Porth Ysgo. sad to see it in disrepair :(

Date: 10 Jan 2012

Blwyddyn newydd dda i bawb om teulu a ffrindiau ym Mhen Lleyn.x

Date: 16 Jan 2012

Hi Tony,
Hope this finds you in good health.
Your website gets better and better every year. Guess you don't miss the dive vessels any more-I've been based in Singapore since the last time we met!
Regards Joe Macleod

Great to hear from you Joe. Best regards Tony


Date: 28 Jan 2012

Fascinataing site! My father was Captain John Owen Jones who joined Elder Dempster Lines in 1946 - dad was born in Treorchy in the Rhondda, but he grew up in Walwyn's Castle, Pembrokeshire. He served on some of the great names of post-war era including: Aureol, Freetown, Mampong (He became master in 1965 when he was only 36), Glenafric, Fourah Bay, Fulani, Eboe and Fourcados. Dad passed in 2004, but maintained his love for the years he spent with Elder Dempsters and Blue Funnel as the best of his seagoing career. He later worked with Captain Parri-Huws who was based in Hong Kong. Dad actually wrote a very interesting account of his life at sea - which we all treasure.


Date: 04 Feb 2012

Unrhyw wybodaeth am gychwyn Felin Penllech (tudweiliog)? Gwefan wych!


Date: 05 Feb 2012

Hi Im an old Swedish sailor from the Johnson Line era, and the only ting I regret about Brazil is that I did not get any pictures in 1959/60 from Florida Bar in Rio!
Anyone who could help me?
Lasse Sandberg


Date: 05 Feb 2012

A oes llun iw gael o ty unos, Bryn Gwynt cyn iddo fod yn adfael.
Buom yn Rhiw dechrau Hydref yn tynnu lluniau beddau yn y fynwent, lle bendigedig.


Date: 07 Feb 2012

Very enjoyable
my late father Captain Edward Stubbings was with Blue Funnel from 1935 until 1975 and the family still hold some memorabilia - he was midshipman gunlayer on the Chilean Reefer when it got sunk by the Gneisenau (rescued by HMS Rodney later) and served on many ships in the fleet, until tiring of the move to containers. We still have his logs
C stubbings


Date: 08 Feb 2012

Hello Tony . I have come across a old wooden coat hanger with blue funnel line on it and can't think how it came to me. I read your web site with interest and the only connection I can possibly have is my step father who was a merchant navy man. Just wondering if you have come across a ships engineer called Jim Dalkin who has sadly passed away some years ago?
I would be interested to hear any information you may have. Thanks. Mark Barford


Date: 09 Feb 2012

Still looking in Tony; love the site!


Great to hear from you Justin, hope your keeping well.


Date: 18 Feb 2012

Came across your site and I was amazed to find a photo of my Grandfather (David Hughes, Carpenter, Nefyn) I left my home in Nefyn in 1955 but even though I am 62 now I is still think of Nefyn as home. It was always my intention to end my days in my family house,Uwch yr Ffynnon where David Hughes was brought up but sadly the house has now left the family. I have wonderful fond memories of the first 5 years of my life being brought up in both Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn. I came back regularly while my Grandmother was still alive in Rhandir Villa Morfa and my two aunts in Nefyn, Nelly Hughes & Kath Bently. Living in South Wales my Welsh is very poor now (as they speak a strange version of it here) but when a "Gog" visits my Centre then my Nefyn Welsh comes back along with the accent. Please keep this site going as I now will be a regular visitor. Phil Hughes Newport

Date: 16 Mar 2012

Lovely to see. My Dad, Harry Cowey, worked for this line, Second Engineer, he died in 1964

Susan Gifford, Oslo (British National)


Date: 16 Mar 2012

to Maldwyn Hughes,
You wrote on 9 May and 27 May 2011.
My name is Dawn Thompson used to be Wetherall. the people that you named are related to me, John Hughes was my mothers cousin, we used to visit the fruit shop when i was a child, my nain was ellen, and grew up at Gimla, my mother was Laura, i found it hard to understand all that you were writing, i hope that i haven't totally confused you.


Date: 19 Mar 2012

Maldwyn Hughes, in reply to your comments in May 2011.
My nain lived at Gimla also. i knew Humphra John, he was my mams cousin. my nain was ellen, and my mam was Laura, we used to visit the fruit shop in pwllheli,when we visited Rhiw.My name is Dawn,my e mail is dawnthompson58(at)gmail.com if you want to get in touch.


Date: 19 Mar 2012

Many interesting photos on your site! Found it through Glenn McIntosh's site on "Sound of Jura". I am running a site dedicated to the photographic documentation of whaling and would be thrilled if we could partner up and parallel post some of these photos on my site. Fully credited with links back to you of course. Get back to me at webmaster at paafeltet dot org if you are interested :)


Date: 21 Mar 2012

I would like to challenge the assumption that the SS Pyrrhus caught fire in the Gladstone Dock Nov 1964. I was on my way to join her at the time and am certain she was berthed on the west side further south of the Gladstone somewhere near the Canada or Langton Docks. Perhaps the Liverpool Echo or Post archives will clarify the location.
Regards James A Stuart (R794875)


Date: 31 Mar 2012

Diolch yn fawr i chwi am eich gwaith eithriadol o bwysig dros eich bro.Mae wedi fy ysbrydoli i wneud rhywbeth tebyg ond nid mor gynhwysfawr a'r hyn yr ydych wedi ei gyflawni am ardal fy ngeni sef Pentre Berw ym Mon.
Donald Glyn Pritchard

Siwr y cewch bleser mawr o wneud hynny. Mae'n eithradiol bwysig cofnodi hanes ein ardaloedd a'r cymeriadau o fewn ein cymunedau. Pob hwyl i chi efo'r gwaith a diolch o galon am eich sylwadau. Gwenllian

Date: 15 Apr 2012


I have the same post card of the "Mauretania" - the one describing the "largest vessel afloat". I think the photo is actually the Lusitania because the air scoops that the Mauritania is famous for are not evident on the deck. Do you agree?

Bob B.


Date: 19 Apr 2012

Many thanks for the report of the sinking of "M. V. Athellaird" on your web site. my brother Laurie Youens was a petty oficer age 16 on this ship when she was torpedoed, and spent 10 days in the life boat before being picked up by a coaster, and landed in Trallee Ireland. He then spent 12months ashore and then joined the R A F as a pathfinder navigator on Mosquitoes. He was killed whilst crashing with a 4000 pounder aboard 23rd August 1944 just 3months before his 21st birthday. Thanks again from his brother now 90 this year. Ted Youens


Date: 23 Apr 2012

Llongyfarchiadau ar y wefan, lle braf i bori pan ymhell o 'adra'
Endaf Emlyn


Date: 02 May 2012

Mae hanes y Cyprian yn ddiddorol iawn


Date: 07 May 2012

A great site for everyone interested in the sea.
Bob Wright MBE
Coxswain Pwllheli Lifeboat


Date: 14 May 2012

I was a 3rd Engineer on the Seawell when she was brand new on sea trials and her first year working in the North Sea.
She was quite the state of the art back then.
I was on her having just left diving operations near Piper Alpha area early on the 6th July 1986 heading to an urgent request at one of the oilfields further north when the disaster struck.
I conitinued to serve with Stena on their DSV fleet until 1989 when I emigrated to Canada and came ashore.
One of my regrets from my 16 years at sea, was not having a camera, boy would I have some pictures to share now.
Thanks for sharing.


Date: 07 Jun 2012

diolch yn fawr iawn gan merfyn o`r wirral


Date: 14 Jun 2012

A chance visitor to your website who is stunned and amazed by the beauty of your land.

Paul Clayton
Winston-Salem, NC USA


Date: 18 Jun 2012

Please add the "Lido" in Durban, to the list of bars around the world!
Rohan, Queensland, ex Colombo.


Date: 18 Jul 2012

Always fascinating to browse your website!
We stay in tudweiliog every yr-for generations of our family now, and know many of the places you mention well.
Thankyou for such an informative and interesting website1
claire Holloway, ty isaf tudweiliog.


Date: 21 Jul 2012

Hello....came through Rhiw today after being recommended to do so by Gareth Williams. We will be coming through with 70 old fords eg MK1 and MK2 Escorts, Capri, Cortina, Anglia etc on 1st Sept 2012 so keep an eye out for us ! Hwyl, Aled


Date: 05 Aug 2012

Da iawn, hogyn o Caergybi,/trydanwr gyda BF 1959-62 wedyn Brocklebanks ac wahannol cwmnaiad tan 1967 ac i Wylfa i weithio. Mi oeddwn yn gwnabod Gwyn yn dda iawn, y ddau gyda motorbeics ac wedi priodi yn byw yn un ardal a Gwyn yn y Fali.


Date: 14 Aug 2012

I happened on your web page while looking for the Bodega Bar Prat Ave Kowloon. I remember the bar with fondness.I was a British soldier at that time 1963/66 and was involved in the Indonesian confrontation (Indonesia's attempted invasion of Borneo)anyway for my R&R
I put my name up for a trip on the H.M.S.Triumph a converted fleet maintenance Aircraft Carrier and was lucky enough to get a berth for a 6 week round trip from Singapore to Hong Kong.The Bodega bar became an every day haunt for myself and a couple of sailors from the mess deck I was in. Thank you for helping bring back good memories.
Unfortunately while we were anchored off an Aircraft with American troops returning from R&R back to Vietnam ditched into the Harbor and naval divers from the Triumph helped with recovery. Kindest Regards Colin Parker (23783633 Cpl Parker)


Date: 23 Aug 2012

os unrhyw un yn gwybod beth yw hanes fferm Trygarn, Bryncroes ar ol i Mary Trygarn adel ar ol priodi i fyw i ynys mon.
Bu Owen Hughes farw yno yn 1808.
Nath y teulu Griffiths werthu Trygarn ar ol i Mary briodi fewn ir teulu.


Date: 27 Aug 2012

Walter Eugene Roberts Thornton, Colorado.


Date: 01 Sep 2012

I remember the Blue Funnel ships very well. I was born and raised in Liverpool. I attended the Aberdovey Outward Bound Sea School in the summer of 49. I made two trips on the Rhexenor as a deck boy. I have lots of fond memories. You have a great site.

John Williams, Maple Ridge, BC. Canada.


Date: 30 Sep 2012

I think the website is great I found it by pure accident Whilst searching for the first vessel I sailed in The MV KYPROS in late !955 and we took part in the Suez landings in 1956
Keep up your good work
Tom Ockleshaw


Date: 05 Oct 2012

Llongyfarchiadau ar y safle ddiddorol. Hap ddisgyn arni ond mi fyddaf yn ei dilyn o hyn allan. Sgwn i a oes unrhyw un ac atgofion am fy nhad yng nghyfraith y diweddar Capt. Sam Lloyd, Beulah, Castellnewydd Emlyn, Dechreuodd ei yrfa morwrol gyda Evan Thomas & Radcliffe, Caerdydd a'i gwmni ola oedd Chapman & Willan, Newcastle upon Tyne. Yn ystod y Rhfel 1939 -45 roedd yn un a achubwyd o'r SS LlANASHE a suddwyd yn yr Indian Ocean yn 1943 Capt Parry o Lleyn oedd y mistar.
Gerwyn Morgan, Beulah.

Date: 13 Oct 2012

I visited the site because I was trying to esrtablish where the farn BRYNGOLEU, Edern is located precisely - but so far I have failed. Hence I would be very grateful if anyone could help me with this research?
Maybe there is a Search Facility in the site - but if so, I have been unable to find it so far!
Thank you for any help you could give me,
David Eryl Wynne de Gentile-Williams,
e-Mail address: daviddgw(at)btinternet.com


Date: 15 Oct 2012

Came across your site by accident - looking at pergamano. Was so glad that I did. Although I live in Arizona now, my mother still lives in Wales, and I never tire of looking at photos of Wales. Looking forward to visiting next year, when I will be in UK for my daughters wedding.

Love your site. Thank you soooooo much.
Pam Riker

Date: 16 Oct 2012

Pwy sy'n cofio Parch Deiniol Jones yn ficer yn Rhiw.Roedd yn hen ewyrth i mi,a hoffwn wybod rhywbeth amdano neu ei wraig Katie.


Date: 18 Oct 2012

G'day there Tony,
I have just returned to Australia after a magnificently large family gathering with cousins from Canada and of course Welsh family at Rhydolion, Llangian. Abersoch - Part of my research came from me first contacting you way back on the 6th September 2006 (item 342) when I was seeking information on my grandfather's ship
'Centurion' Full rigged ship sailing in 1907 - His family farmed Berthaur up to 1911.My grandfather Griffith William Jones was never able to return to his family or the land of his birth - The current residents graciously allowed us entry into the house on the 13th September. A most magnificent event all coming about after you had assisted me way back in 2006.
My regards
Spencer G Jones
Bellingen N.S.W.

Glad we could help Spencer, Best regards Tony & Gwenllian


Date: 26 Oct 2012

Eirwen ( Gynt o Groeslon, Dinas, Llyn.)
Yn ateb i Ann Allen, Conwy, 07 September 2011, a diolch ichi..
Fel y gwelwch, roeddwn y byw yn Groeslon gyda fy Nain, Catherine Jones, a bu hi farw yn 1937. Ond 'rwyf yn cofio pistyll yn yml Lloegr achos yno y byddwn yn mynd bob boreu i gael dwr! A hen wraig oedd yn byw yno, Marged Jones. 'Roedd hi yn ddall, ac roedd ganddi wireless! Da iawn oedd hynny.


Date: 05 Nov 2012

It is fascinating to see our house-name mentioned from the 1851, 1861 and 1881 censuses and the links to the Nefyn schooners. We have just moved permanently to the Llyn, to Penarfynydd in Mynydd Nefyn, and the house deeds don't go back before the early 1900s. Peter & Jenny Lane


Date: 07 Nov 2012

Great site, and bought back lots of memories from when I went to sea. Favourite bar of mine was the cockney pride in Durban, still open when I went back for a holiday in 1990.


Date: 12 Nov 2012

Eirwen - 26/10/12

Diolch am y neges, diddorol iawn!
'Rwyn meddwl fod llawer iawn yn cael eu dwr yn Lloegr yr adeg hono, erbyn pan oeddwn i yn blentyn 'roedd yna brif bibell yn mynd drwy'r cae, a doedd dim llawer o ddwr iw gael yn Lloegr ond 'roedd rhyw arwydd fod pistill wedi bod yno.
Mae'n siwr fod Mam (Jennie) yn byw yn Garreglwyd yr adeg hynnu gyda ei rhieni Samuel ag Elizabeth Williams.
Os fuasach yn hoffi cysylltiad a trafod mwy, dyma fy ebost: ann.e.allen@btopenworld.com



Date: 17 Nov 2012

A oes rhywun gyda unryw wybodaeth o Captain David Roberts (1822-1895)( mab Robert Davies, Penycefn,Llangwnadl,) a oedd yn byw yn Penbont, Llangwnadl. Priododd o Jane Jones (1826-1887)merch Griffith Jones (1791-1841) Penbont LLangwnadl a Elizabeth Edwards (1791-1863)Ty Llwyd, Llangwnadl .
Roedd ganddo long ei hun sef, Y Cygnet lle hwyliodd ar hyd Ewrop hyd y gwyddwn i o Borth Golmon. Roedd Captain David Roberts a'i briod Jane Jones yn hen hen daid a nain immi. Byddaf yn gwerthfawrogi unryw wybodaeth am David Roberts, mae gennyf lawer o fanylion o deulu Ty Llwyd yn barod. Diolch yn fawr Aled ar aroberts@fsmail.net


Date: 21 Dec 2012

Oes rhywyn yn gwybod rhywbeth am Margeret (Margiad) Jones. Ganwyd yn 1855 yn Aberdaron.
Priododd William Jones o Lanengan (fe'i anwyd yn 1854)yn 1892.
Bu'r ddau yn byw yn Panrallt Nant, Dinas.
'Rwyf yn gwybod fod Margiad yn byw yn Lloegr, Dinas yn y 1930au ai bod yn ddall. Gan bu geni fi a fy mrawd a'n chwiorydd yn Lloegr, buaswn yn hoffi gwybod mwy amdani, os gwn i oedd hi yn perthyn i mi?
Mwy of fanylion am William ei gwr, dwi'n meddwl fy mod yn iawn gyda'r gwybodaeth yma:
Ei Dad; William Jones
Ei Fam; Jane Jones
Hefyd; chwaer - Elenor, a brodyr; John, Robert ag Evan.
Unrhyw wybodaeth fydda i yn ddiolchgar iawn.
Nadolig Llawen i bawb.
Happy Christmas to all.
Ann Allen (Conwy)


Date: 27 Dec 2012

Goeithio i chi gael Nadolig llawen, a rwyn dymuno Blwyddyn Newydd Dda iawn i chi.
Bu Justin yma tua mis yn ol, roeddem yn falch iawn ei weld.
Iorwerth a Mavis
Mynyddoedd Glas N.S.W.

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi'ch dau, a neis clywed gennych. Tony a Gwenllian


Date: 29 Dec 2012

Hi great website. I am looking for any photo's, stories or information on my late great uncle Harold Jones of Ffordd y Maer pwllheli. he died 24/12/88 and was eventually a bosun on blue funnel.Diolch Gareth Cook. gdacook(at)hotmail.co.uk


Diolch yn fawr i bawb am eich sylwadau  / Many thanks to you all for your comments


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