Capt Griffith Jones, Pwllheli.
Built at Greenock in 1894, by Russell’s. She
was 2268 tones, L 278 ft, B 42 ft, D 24 ft. Bought by Gwalia
Shipping Co in 1912, but Managed by Robert Owen & Co Liverpool.
Capt Griffith Jones and his wife
Ellen, left the Langdale and joined the Grenada in Newcastle NSW,
December 24th 1910 and sailed for Guayaquil, Ecuador on
December 31st. Arrived March 4th 1911 and sailed
19th April, detained at Puma?, till May 10th with
sickness. Arrived Newcastle NSW July 10th and sailed for
Valparaiso, Chile on September 20th, arrived October 30th.
Left December 2nd for Hamburg direct 103 days. He stayed on
her till November 1916, when she was attacked by a German U boat in the
English Channel, whilst on passage from London to New York via Le Havre.
Grenada at Newcastle NSW August ~ September 1912.
Report Into Her Loss
|S.V. Grenada, 2268 Gross Tons.
Casualty. Attacked by
submarine, abandoned. Probably sunk by Gunfire.
Owners. Roberts, Owen & Co.
Left Havre. Roads on 21. 11. 1916 for Plymouth.
Cargo. Ballast. No. of Crew.
22 Passengers. 0
Attacked. 22. 11. 1916 Time. 4.20pm Position. 32 miles S.W. by
S from Beachy Head.
Abandoned. Time. At once.
Sank. Time. Not known.
Summary of Evidence.
While the Barque was making 5 or 6 knots, a submarine appeared
about 150 yards distant. The submarine opened fire at once, a shot
striking the mizzen mast. The crew abandoned their vessel which
continued to sail on, pursued by the submarine. The Master did not see
his barque sunk.
The crew consisted of;
No lives were lost, and crew arrived at Eastbourne pier at 1.30am
23. 11. 1916.
(Footnote) According to Capt Griffith Jones’s
daughter Moraned, the Grenada was not sunk in the channel at all, but
was boarded by some of the U boats crew, and sailed to Hamburg as a war
prize. Her father was not taken prisoner, because he wasn’t wearing an
uniform, this was common practice during wartime, for that same reason.
Grenada at Hamburg 1912?
Many thanks to Capt Ifor Owen,
Wellington, New Zealand, for the additional information about the Grenada.
Extracts from Ellen's
notebook, of their voyages on the Grenada.
Joined Grenada in Newcastle NSW, December 24th
1910 and sailed for Guayaquil December 31st. Arrived March 4th
1911 and sailed 19th April, detained in Puma till May 10th
with sickness. Arrived Newcastle NSW July 10th and sailed for
Valparaiso September 20th, arrived October 30th Left
December 2nd for Hamburg direct 103 days.
Sailed from Hamburg 12th May for Newcastle
NSW and arrived August to load and sail for Valparaiso September 10th.
Arrived October 30th and sailed from Valparaiso for Newcastle NSW
December 2nd. Arrived Newcastle January 31st. Sailed for
Guaycan February 13th arrived 28th March 1913.
Reported by wireless Terrado Nononka per RM boat,
February 16th, 1914
March 10th in Lat 31. 33 N Long 42.10.
Got boat manned with second mate (Mr Owen) and four
app. To get stores from 4 masted Barque Olympia (German ship) Capt Peters.
Arrived Frisco from Antwerp 130 days on October 18th,
1915. Sailed from Frisco December 10th for Channel. Arrived
Falmouth April 22nd 1915, left 27th arrived Bristol May
Galgate July 8th
William died on board ‘Torrisdale’ June 7th 1912.
William Griffith, was her brother, and was Master
of the Torrisdale a 2312 ton, bark.
Left Bristol July 15th put back 19th,
Barry roads, left July 26th Arrived New York September 11th
1915 (47 days)
Arrived Sydney February 2nd 1916 (110days)
Sailed from Sydney for Havre direct May 24. Discovered
an island on passage from Hongay to San Francisco in China Seas. Reported to
English and American authorities, latter claimed it and presented
Griffith with new charts. He named it Langdale Island after the ship.
We would like to thank the granddaughter of Captain and
Mrs, Griffith Jones, for lending us all her family photographs and
documents, so that we could bring you this fascinating account.