"The Coal Trade"

"The collier Sparling at Abersoch"

Coal was imported by the shipload and came mainly from Liverpool, and just about every cove on Llyn was used. The merchants sent word around its customers, and in later years postcards, telling them about the imminent arrival of the coal ship. Horses and carts would  arrive by the dozen from all over the area. There is one account from Tudweiliog, of horses and carts being nose to tail from the main Llangwnadl to Tudweiliog road all the way down to Porthsgaden, (about a mile) as they waited their turn for a cartload, and this was a common site throughout Llyn. Abersoch for example could handle three or more ships at the same time, and it must have been an amazing site, as most of the discharging took place when the tide was out, when the coal would be unloaded straight into the carts. But sometimes the ships would start unloading at high water, straight onto the beach, this would save a lot of time, especially with the larger ships, or if the weather was turning foul. A quick “turnaround” was vital in exposed beaches like Hells Mouth, Porth Ysgo and Aberdaron, so at these beaches smaller sloops and Ketches were the norm, as they could be unloaded in one or at most two tides.



"A Ketch at Aberdaron"

"A Ketch and a Schooner at Porthdinllaen"


"Waiting for the collier at Aberdaron"




"Two colliers at Abersoch"


Coal for Porthsgaden

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In the first one we see the "Pilgrim" there,

May 1st, June 5th, July 9th, Aug 5th,

And the "Ester" on Sep 16th 1919.  


The importance of coal to Llyn cannot be over emphasised, Nefyn school had to close one winter, because the weather had been too rough for the little coal ships, to deliver. And the classrooms were too cold for the children.




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