"Coastguard watch"

Tel. No’s

District Office. 7, Porthdinllaen 4, Abersoch 39.

Lifeboat Authorities:

Pwllheli 36. Coxswain73. Porthdinllaen, Nefyn 37.(hon sec.) Lifeboat mechanic Nevin 12 or 39.

Dr Botwnnog  2. Police 7. Receiver of wrecks 3.

Informing that a steamer anchoring about a mile to the south of L.O. hut and seems quite all right.

There is a small coaster coming your way Keep a good eye on her. Leave Abersoch at

A steamer has left Abersoch for Garston she is about Cilan Head now keep good look out on her and report to Porthdinllaen when out of sight of Rhiw.

Informing that the steamer turned back to Abersoch she has gone out of sight by Cilan Head now towards Abersoch.

South cone lowered.

Enquiry whether the watch carried on during the day. The telephone was out of order it is made up now.

Enquiry on state of weather and asking was much sea here and report that there is another gale coming before morning.

A motorboat coaster passed Porthdinllaen this morning coming this way keep a good look out for her.

Information that a small steamer was making towards St Tudwal’s Roads and was quite all right.

D. O. said that the telephone was very faint and ordered to report to the lineman about it.

Enquiry state of weather and ordered to tell Mr Rowlands to put another watch on at  9.

Tell to cease the watch at the end of present watch.

Asking was everything all right and what was visibility.

Tell to continue the watch the wind increasing again.

Asking was the telephone in order now…. That it is.

Abersoch 39 are taking off for Drill if anything occurs kindly send on to Nevin 4.

The steamer that was reported coming from the southwest is out of sight here now on Cilan head coming towards Abersoch.

Enquiry was the telephone in order inform.

Enquiry was a steamer sheltering in Hells Mouth. Informed that she is anchoring about a mile towards south from the L. O. hut and there is another steamer coming towards Abersoch from the southwest. D.O. ordered to keep a good look out on them.

Enquiry what time the present watch is up . Will let you know later on if want to cease the watch.

Enquiry was everything all right here. D.O. ordered to continue watch. Inform Mr Rowlands failed to get Abersoch 39 this morning and he is continue the watch during the day.

Stamp account to be in my office first post Saturday the 31st.

A motorboat coaster passed Porthdinllaen this morning coming this way. Keep a good look out for her.

Informing that a small coaster arrived Hells Mouth close to Cilan Head for sheltering. She is all right.

Enquiry was everything all right and was the small coaster in proper condition.

Enquiry was the telephone informed that it was out of order during the morning but is all right now. Informed the D.O. that watch was continuing on.

Enquiry what the state of visibility. Vis 4 miles. D.O. ordered to cease the watch 6.30 pm.

Asking what was the visibility. D.O. ordered to continue the watch.

Informed  Abersoch that the ketch was reported from Abersoch is going towards the North and is now about 7 miles south of Porthdinllaen.

A small ketch left Abersoch at 4.30 pm towards South. Informed that the ketch was  about half a mile seaward of Cilan Head. Mr Sprague ordered to report to Porthdinllaen when she is out of sight of Rhiw towards Bardsey.

From the D.O. Caernarvon to volunteer in charge Rhiw Please arrange of LSA drill at 2pm on Monday the 10th.

Enquiry state of weather Wind N 3-4 and asking what time the present watch finish and will ring you up again before 1 o clock.

Enquiry what’s the state of weather and what’s the visibility Vis 2 miles and asking what time the present watch was up 1am. D.O. ordered the watch to continue 1 am. And if the fog come again between now and 1 am he ordered to call Abersoch 39.

Pwllheli lifeboat has returned to station service no longer required.

The following received from Air minister station Holyhead begins

Air of plane Daldonnell Airodrom 12.30 GMT not sighted at Holyhead. Stop Daldonnell and Seaforth raidial ( redial??)  ends 13.30.

Cancel last phone.

Porthdinllaen lifeboat is off service until further notice.

Ask Mr Rowlands to call the D.O. to let him know when it is convenient for him to have the refresher. Asking who was on watch and what time did he start.

A small coaster left Abersoch at 8.30 pm she is about Cilan Head by now. Keep a good look out on her and report to Porthdinllaen if she will go that way and inform that it was passed over from Abersoch.

Enquiry about the telephone. The telephone is in working order here now also want to know did I see a sailing vessel going towards Bardsey Island. Inform D.O. that she went out of sight towards Bardsey at –pm and she was all right.

Enquiry was the watch carried on during the day. The telephone was out of order it is made up now.

Informing that the steamer turned back to Abersoch she has gone out of sight by Cilan Head now toward Abersoch.

D.O. to all stations Stamp account to be in my office by the first of February. Ends 14.30.

D.O. to all stations lower south cone continue the watch until you get further orders.

D.O. enquired was a small steamer seen about and ordered to keep a good look out for her. The name of the steamer is Diona.

Asking about the coaster that is sheltering by Cilan Head was she all right.

Informed that she was all right D.O. ordered to keep a good look out on her and ordered me to report her when she is going away.

A coaster is sheltering in Hells Mouth by Cilan Head arrived now and anchored. Asking about the coaster is she all right. Informed that nothing was seen wrong. D.O. ordered to keep a good look out on her.

Continue watch again wind is increasing H J Thomas, G Thomas, R Jones, J Jones, O Owens, D Rowlands .

D.O. speaking to Nevin 4.

A coaster is sheltering in Hells Mouth by Cilan Head arrived now and anchored.

The trawler was sheltering by Cilan Head has gone away steering towards the south.

A small coaster left Abersoch at 8.30 pm she is about Cilan Head by now keep a good look out on her and report to Porthdinllaen then if she will go that way  and inform that it was passed over from Abersoch.

The coaster is making towards south and is out of sight of here now stop.

D.O. ordered to continue for a time and let you know about 9 a m if ceasing the watch.

A coaster has just left Abersoch now coming towards you keep a good look out for her.

Keep a good look out for a small vessel steering in northerly direction about 5 miles outside New Quay Head stop.

Enquire state of weather Wind N 2-3 D.O. ordered to cease watch at noon if no further order will come before 11 o clock.

Reporting state of weather Wind west 2-3 D.O. ordered to cease watch 8 o clock.

D.O. ordered to report about 9 am if fog clears. Asking what visibility’ Enquire state of weather Vis 1 mile D.O. ordered to continue and if fog clears report to Abersoch 3

Steamer Hertfordshire breaking adrift four men on board, Fishguard lifeboat has gone to their assistance, keep a sharp look out.

Informing that a boat left Holyhead last night for Abersoch and did not arrived. Please keep good look out for it. Report to Abersoch coastguard station if it is sighted.

Enquiry in regard of watch keeping. D.O. ordered to continue.

Asking did three men drowned is it true how and where.

Tell Mr Rowlands to keeping the watch on, asking what time this watch was up.

Enquiry as state of weather and asking what time the present watch is up 8 pm. Better put another watch on and if the wind drop let me know.

D.O. ordered to cease the watch at 10 o clock if no further order will come before 10.

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"Coastguard telegrams"

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The above notes were in a little pocket book owned by Griffith Thomas Ael y Bryn, although there are no specific dates there are references in the book to 1932 and 1937, so we assume that this little notebook was written during the thirties. He obviously carried it around in his pocket as it is well worn around the edges and along with these notes there are others to do with work he does for people, sermon notes, some addresses and generally things he wanted to jot down where ever and when ever.

 

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