The Blue Funnel Line

SS Helenus

10,125gt L 496 feet, 18 knots.

The Helenus was the first of four steam turbine "H" boats to be built, and was completed at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Belfast in 1949.



Photos taken between 1950 - 1955


Gwyn Lloyd Williams






Dry-dock Glasgow Aug 25th 1953



Albany, Australia. Oct 13th 1953


Howel, and Gwyn at Port Said.



Robin Evans, Penmon Anglesey 1955.



Robin and Gwyn, April 1955.





Crossing the line ceremony Sep 23rd 1953





Playing Cricket on the Foredeck.



Painting the mast, Brisbane, Nov 2nd 1953.



Shop on board in Las Palmas, Sept 19th 1953


Gwyn Lloyd Williams



Alun Pritchard, Nefyn.



Barber's chair 1953






Loading a Locomotive for Australia 1953





At Melbourne, Oct 20th 1953



Over the stern 1954



Tom and Gwyn


Leaving Sydney 1954








In Sydney Oct 27th 1953



Dry-dock Glasgow Aug 25th 1953



Glasgow 1953


Heavy weather in the Bay


At home in Liverpool



Heavy weather in the Bay



Other Ships Gwyn Sailed On


Gwyn with "Ship's Cat", on the Ixion, March 1953.


Robin Edwards, Amlwch and Taff Owen, Caernarfon "Antilochus", Japan, 1951


Robin Edwards, Amlwch, "Antilochus" 1951


Painting the Antilochus Topmast, 1951


Gwyn on the Antenor 1952



Antilochus, Gwyn's first ship, 1950


Ixion at Cape Town, March 4th 1953





Many thanks to Menna Lloyd Williams for lending us these fantastic photographs, from the collection of her late brother Gwyn Lloyd Williams, Llanfaethlu, Ynys Mon (1933 - 2007)


Timetable for 1959


Vessel Brisbane Sydney Melbourne Adelaide Port Said Genoa Dunkirk Antwerp Liverpool Belfast Glasgow
Helenus Aug 15th Aug 21st Sep 5th   Sep 25th   Oct 3rd Oct 6th Oct 7th?   Oct 14th
Hector Sep 5th Sep 12th     Oct 3rd Oct 7th     Oct 13th Oct 20th Oct 22nd
Ixion Oct 31st   Nov 7th Nov 14th Dec 3rd   Dec 11th Dec 13th Dec 15th   Dec 22nd
Jason Nov 28th Dec 5th     Dec 26th Dec 30th     Jan 5th   Jan 12th



"H" Boats / Built

Year                          In the Blue Funnel Fleet Tonnage
Helenus / Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast. 1949 Scrapped in Kaohsiung, 1972. 10,125gt
Hector / Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast. 1949 Scrapped in Kaohsiung, 1972. 10,125gt
Ixion / Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast. 1951 Scrapped in Barcelona, 1972. 10,125gt
Jason / Swan Hunter, Wallsend-on-Tyne. 1950 Scrapped in Kaohsiung, 1972. 10,160gt


Many Thanks to;

Gwyn Jones, for the 1959 Timetable.


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