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
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 I´m 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?
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,
Date: 07 Feb 2012
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
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.
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
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)
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
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
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
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?
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
Date: 23 Apr 2012
Llongyfarchiadau ar y wefan, lle braf i bori pan ymhell o 'adra'
Date: 02 May 2012
Mae hanes y Cyprian yn ddiddorol iawn
Date: 07 May
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
A chance visitor to your website who is stunned and amazed by the
beauty of your land.
Winston-Salem, NC USA
Date: 18 Jun 2012
Please add the "Lido" in Durban, to the list of bars around the
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
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.
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
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
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)
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
27 Aug 2012
Walter Eugene Roberts Thornton, Colorado.
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.
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
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
VERY VERY INTERESTING WEB SITE.
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
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
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
Love your site. Thank you soooooo much.
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.
Spencer G Jones
Glad we could help Spencer, Best regards Tony &
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 &
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.
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:
FANTASTIC WEB SITE!
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
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
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