Built at Pwllheli in 1838,
certificate of registry granted at Beaumaris 11th of June 1838,
now delivered up and cancelled, the vessel required to be registered de
No 3 in Pwllheli, Port of Caernarfon dated 14th
January 1846, Griffith Griffiths, master.
One deck, two masts, length 50ft x 6. Stern
carved, Galleries. Figurehead bust of a woman.
Griffith Griffiths of the parish of Pistyll in the
county of Caerns – mariner 16 shares.
Robert Thomas of Nefyn – mariner, 4 shares
John Pritchard of Pwllheli shipbuilder 16 shares.
William Griffith Nevin, mariner – 8 shares.
John Griffith Nevin, mariner – 4 shares.
Owen Thomas Nevin mariner – 4 shares
William Jones Nevin ship’s carpenter – 4 shares.
Thomas Turner of Newport county of Monmouth, sail
maker - 4 shares
William Cook of Bristol - 4 shares.
H Lindsey. Sub comp R Ellis.
Customs House, Pwllheli, 28th December
1847. This vessel lost on Caernarfon Bar in the autumn (September) of this
year together with the registers and licences. The crew drowned (except
It further appears that the hull
of the Vine was removed to Caernarfon where it is now undergoing repair –
but the register and licences were not found when the vessel was
Cancelled Registered De Novo here
in 1848 – dated 19th August.
Administration produced by the
widow of Griffith Griffiths, Customs House Pwllheli 19th August
1848. William Griffith and John Griffith both of the parish of Nevin in
the county of Caernarvon, mariners have transferred by bill of sale dated
31st day of January 1848. Twelve sixty fourth shares unto Ann
Griffiths of the Parish of Pistyll in the said county, widow. William
Griffiths 8/64 and John Griffiths 4/64 shares.
John Turner in the county of
Monmouth and William Cook Bristol sailmaker have transferred by bill of
sale dated the 1st day of March 1848 four sixty fourth shares
unto Ann Griffiths of the Parish of Pistyll in the county of Caernarvon,
widow. Viz 4/64 each making 8/64.
The Schooner Vine
Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald
October 10th 1846.
The Vine arrived at Porthdinllaen – master
September 18th 1847.
The Vine arrived Porthdinllaen, sailed Oct 2nd
– master Griffith Griffiths..
The family memorandum at the
Gwynedd Archives, Caernarfon mentions Griffith Griffiths lost at sea
autumn (October) 1846. According to Pwllheli Customs House register the
year was 1847 (September).
The 1851 census registers Ann
Griffiths (his wife) of Penarfynydd, Nefyn, as being a widow at that time,
so it is clear that Griffith Griffiths had lost his life prior to this
The family were as follows
Ann Griffith widow age 49.
Ann daughter age 9
Mary age 7
Jane age 5.
Edward Jones, servant age 21
Catherine Williams – age 22.
Griffith Griffiths family home was
Penarfynydd on Nefyn mountain and it is there that his wife and little
girls received the news of his drowning on Caernarfon Bar in 1847. His
wife’s family home was Minffordd Farm in the parish of Pistyll.
Penarfynydd would have been a
farmstead with adjoining land and a stone quarry by the name of Tan
Gardderwast. This land and farmstead being the property of his wife Ann
Griffiths of Minffordd – this being her marriage portion given by her
father Griffith Williams of Minffordd Pistyll. The farmstead and quarry
was sold by Ann Griffith after the loss of her husband Griffith Griffiths
in 1847. The quarru was thereafter known as Gwaith John Llwyd, Baladeulyn.
Ann Griffiths had a sister who
married a ‘Griffith Evans of Penarfynydd Rhiw. There were three or
possibly more children to this marriage, Griffith Evans and Jane lived at
Porthcolmon. Jane died at the young age of 37 and is buried at the old
cemetery Nevin. It appears that Griffith Evans and Jane also had a
marriage portion of the land of Minffordd farm, Pistyll.
It is interesting to note that
both girls Ann and Jane, chose men of the same names Griffith Evans, Ann’s
husband on their marriage took on his father’s first name Griffith and
became Griffith Griffiths (hence avoiding any confusion it would appear!!)
Ann Griffiths in the Parish of
Pistyll in the county of Caernarvon, widow. Administrator of the goods and
chattels of Griffith Griffiths in the parish of Pistyll aforesaid mariner
deceased has transferred by four bills of sale and dated 19th
August 1848 viz unto William Evans of the parish of Nevin mariner.
Ten sixty fourth shares unto
Thomas Evans of the parish of Nevin aforesaid, six sixty fourth shares
unto Evan Humphreys of the parish of Llangwnadl laboure. Two sixty fourth
shares unto John Jones of the same place, all in the county of Caernarvon
making together 20/64 shares
The Vine re registered 1848,
master William Evans. The Vine lost 1857 in the vicinity of Porthysgaden,
Tudweiliog. No mention of date or month, no mention of loss of life or
Ann Griffiths died 28th
May, 1861 aged 59yrs. Her grave has the following inscription:-
Ann widow of Griffith Griffiths of
the Schooner Vine, who died 28 May, 1861. Also Griffith Peter Jones of
Llywelyn House, Well Street, Nevin 1840 – 1890, also his wife Ann Jones’.
Griffith Griffiths name does not appear on his wife’s grave and it is not
known whether his body was found and buried elsewhere, therefore it’s
assumed that it was never found and family papers state ‘lost at sea’ and
no further information.
The young boy who survived the
sinking of the Vine on Caernarvon Bar, clung to a barrel and was washed
ashore at Dinas Dinlle.