"Porthdinllaen Ships"

Details of over fifty ships that were built at Porthdinllaen between 1776 and 1876, this includes their builders, owners, rig, dimensions and ultimate fate.

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Ann and Ellen,

Schooner of 110tons, built by H. Jones in 1858, length 79 breadth 29 and a depth of 11 10. She was owned by Hugh Jones of Nefyn, and was sold in 1883 to Lewis Williams of Portdinorwic. She was converted into a hulk on the Thames in 1895.

 

Ann Alice,

Schooner of 97tons, 78 4 long 21 3 wide and 10.9 ft deep. Built by Henry Hughes in 1870. Owned by Hugh Hughes of Porthdinllaen. Lost off Point Lynas in 1877.

 

Active,

Sloop of 74tons, built in 1788 for P Owen of Edern. Sold to Cardigan in 1795.

 

Annie Lloyd,

Brigantine of 149tons, built by Hugh Hughes in 1876. Lost off the Bahamas, on the 6th of March 1907. She was the last vessel to be built at Porthdinllaen.

 

Brothers,

Sloop of 49tons, built in 1784 for William Jones of Edern. She was lost in 1797 at Aberdeen.

 

Brothers,

Smack of 31tons, built in 1840 by John Roberts, length 48 ft breadth 15 ft and 8 ft deep. Owned by Hugh Jones of Morfa Nefyn, and was broken up in Porthdinllaen in 1899 after nearly 60 years in the coastal trade.

 

Catherine & Alice,

Schooner of 130tons, built in 1850 by E Ellis. Length 87 ft beam 22 ft and 10 ft deep. Owned by O Owen of Nefyn. In 1885 she was picked up in a sinking condition in the English Channel and towed to Weymouth for repair and sold to R. G. Foster. He renamed her Lizzie, and she was still afloat up to the first war.

 

Collina,

Schooner of 58tons, built by Hugh Hughes in 1854, length 52. 9 ft, beam 15. 7 ft, and 9. 3 ft deep. John Owen of Nefyn was the owner and she was lost in 1869.

 

Catherine & Eliza,

Schooner of 76tons, built in 1866, length 68 ft, beam 15. 7 ft, and 9. 3 ft deep. Owned by Evan Owen of Caernarfon. Lost in the English Channel, 1875.

 

Commerce,

Sloop of 16tons, built by Evan Ellis at Morfa Nefyn in 1841, length 33. 8 ft, beam 11. 7 ft, and 5. 8 ft deep. She was owned by John Williams of Bryncroes and in 1879 by Robert Evans of Aberdaron. Condemned and broken up in 1888.

 

Ellen Williams,

Schooner of 70tons, built at Porthdinllaen in 1864 for Thomas Williams of Morfa Nefyn. Length 63. 6 ft, beam 19. 3 ft, and 9. 6 ft deep. Afterwards she belonged to William Parry of Morfa Nefyn, and was sold in the 1870s to Ardrossan. In 1889 she was owned by Appledore.

 

Elizabeth & Margaret,

Schooner of 63 tons, built by H Hughes in 1849. Length 53. 9 ft, beam 16. 5 ft, and 10. 3 ft deep. She was lengthened by 20 ft in 1863. Owned by John Williams of Llannor. Lost in 1874 off Flamborough Head.

 

Eleanor and Jane,

Schooner of 97tons. Built by H Hughes in 1856 for John Griffith of Nefyn. Length 67. 6 ft, beam 21 ft, and 10. 9ft deep. In 1879 she was owned by Robert Williams of Nefyn and was abandoned off Loch Broom in 1887.

 

Ellen Hughes,

Schooner of 99tons, built and owned by H Hughes of Morfa Nefyn in 1854. Length 62. 6ft, beam 18. 2ft, and 11. 6ft deep. She was lost off Milford in 1868.

 

Eliza & Ellen,

Schooner of 54tons, built by H Hughes in 1846 for W Griffith of Nefyn. Length 50. 8ft, beam 16. 4ft, 9. 1ft deep. Lost in 1858.

 

Elizabeth Griffiths,

Schooner of 113tons, built by W Jones in 1868. She was owned by Thomas Griffith of Trefaes, Sarn. Length 80. 7ft, beam 22. 3ft, and 11. 6ft deep. She was lost in 1876.

 

Fanny Beck,

Brig of 152tons, built by James Owen in 1864. Owned by Hugh Roberts and Edward Beck of Newcastle. Length 94ft, beam 23. 7ft, and 12. 5ft deep. Lost with all hands off Patagonia in 1879.

 

Frances Ann,

Schooner of 99tons, built by James Owen in 1862, for John Thomas of Nefyn. Length 79. 1ft, beam 22. 3ft, and 16. 6ft deep. She later belonged to John Roberts of Caernarfon, and was lost in 1873.

 

Grace Philips,

Schooner of 86tons, built by Evan Ellis in 1863. Length 72. 9ft, beam 19. 6ft, and 9. 8ft deep. Owned by John Davies of Morfa Nefyn. She was sold to W Turner, Caernarfon in the 1870s. In the 1880s she was owned by J R Ellis of Bangor, and had a spell afterwards at Amlwch before she was lost off Holyhead in 1898.

 

Hugh and Ann,

Schooner of 93tons, built by James Owen in 1860. Length 73ft, beam 22ft and 10. 6ft deep. Her first owner was Hugh Roberts Morfa Nefyn. She was later owned at Porthmadog and was lost in February 1895 near Liverpool.

 

Hope,

Schooner of 57tons, built in 1857 for H Williams of Edern. Length 58. 8ft, beam 18. 7ft, and 9. 1ft deep. She was lost in 1877.

 

John Davies,

Schooner of 84tons. Built by E Ellis in 1867 for John Davies of Morfa Nefyn. Length 71ft, beam 20ft and 10ft deep. Sold in 1872 to William Jones of Porthmadog. She was lost in 1878.

 

John Evans,

Sloop of 52tons, built in 1850 for John Griffiths of Nefyn. Length 51. 6ft, beam 16. 2ft, and 9. 4ft deep. In 1851 she was altered, her length was increased to 65. 4ft and her tonnage to 80tons. Her rig was changed to a schooner. Sold in 1835 to Fleetwood owners.

 

Jane Hughes,

Schooner of 94tons, built by H Hughes in 1861. He was also the owner for a few years until sold to R Owen of Caernarfon, length 78. 4ft, beam 21. 7ft, and 10. 5ft deep. Owen sold her in the late 1870s to William Pritchard of Menai Bridge. She was lost at Loch Sinbold in 1881.

 

Lively,

Sloop of 16tons, built in 1790 and owned by William Jones of Aberdaron. She was eventually broken up.

 

Lady Ellen,

Schooner of 65tons, built and owned by Thomas Williams of Morfa Nefyn in 1842. Length 55. 2ft, beam 17. 3ft, and 10ft deep. She was lost in 1861.

 

Luther,

Schooner of 77tons, built by Evan Ellis in 1851 for the Rev. Griffith Hughes, Edern. Length 62. 3ft, beam 17. 7ft, and 9. 9ft deep. She was lost in the River Mersey in 1870 after being run down by a steamer.

 

Molly,

Sloop of 19tons, rebuilt in 1791, owned by G Ellis of Nefyn. She was lost in 1844.

 

Margery,

Brig of 80tons, built in 1826 by Owen Jones for Watkin Williams of Porthdinllaen. She was the first ship to take a cargo of slate to Boston, U.S.A. She also carried passengers, space was allotted to them in the hold between the slates. She was lost at sea.

 

Maria,

Brig of 80tons, built in 1786. Sold to T Jones of Amlwch. Sold to Lancaster in 1853.

 

Miss Beck,

Schooner of 120tons, built by James Owen in 1857. Jointly owned by Hugh Roberts of Edern and Beck a slate merchant of Sunderland. Length 82. 4ft, beam 22ft, and 11. 5ft deep. In the 1880s she belonged to Henry Hughes of Caernarfon and an extra mast was fitted to her at Portdinorwic. When the First World War broke out she was laid up at Caernarfon, and was sold to the Liverpool Lighterage Company for use as a barge.

 

Miss Prichard,

Schooner of 90tons, built by Evan Ellis in 1870 for John Pritchard of Morfa Nefyn. Length 75. 3ft, beam 22ft, and 10. 3ft deep. Pritchard sold her at the close of the century to W. D. Owen of Porthmadog. She was lost near Cape Wrath in 1904.

 

Miss Wandless,

Schooner of 92tons, built in 1875 by Hugh Hughes. Length 80. 5ft, beam 21. 5ft, and 10. 4ft deep. Owned by Evan Ellis of Waenfawr, and was lost off Denmark in 1886.

 

Mariner,

Schooner of 70tons, built in 1865 by Evan Ellis for Griffith Jones of Morfa Nefyn. Length 68. 3ft, beam 20ft, and 9. 3ft deep.  Sold to Porthmadog in the 1870s. Lost off the Skerries in 1894.

 

Moses Parry,

Schooner of 81tons, built by Evan Ellis in 1859. Length 69. 5ft, beam 20. 8ft, and 10ft deep. Belonged to R Griffith of Aberdaron who later sold her to William Jones of Caernarfon. Sold to Dublin in 1902.

 

Martha,

Schooner of 50tons, built by Robert Jones in 1848 for John Jones Morfa Nefyn. Length 50. 5ft, beam 14. 5ft, and 8. 9ft deep. On the 27th of September 1875 while at Porthdinllaen, her moorings carried away and she drifted out to sea for a while and piled up ashore about three miles away at Pistyll, she became a total loss.

 

Mary Rowlands,

Schooner of 130tons, built by Hugh Hughes in 1858 for Thomas Williams of Nefyn. Length 83ft, beam 22. 5ft, and 11. 3ft deep. She was sold to Thomas Jones of Menai Bridge first, and afterwards to R Parry of Portdinorwic. Sunk by collision in 1904.

 

Margaret Ann,

Schooner of 99tons, built by W Jones at Morfa Nefyn in 1841, for J Jones of Nefyn. Length 61. 5ft, beam 19. 2ft, and 11. 9ft deep. Lost off Fraserburgh in 1866.

 

Maria Catherine,

Schooner of 97tons, built by R Griffith in 1841 for William Jones of Morfa Nefyn. Length 65ft, beam 20. 7ft, and 11ft deep. She was afterwards owned first by Thomas Lewis of Beaumaris and then John Ellis of Bangor. She was lost on the Goodwin Sands, on the 30th of January 1886.

 

Maria & Jane,

Schooner of 99tons, built by Hugh Hughes in 1857, for William Jones of Morfa Nefyn. She was sold to G Williams of Portdinorwic, and in the 1890s belonged to John Ellis of Bangor. Length 75ft, beam 21ft, and 11ft deep. Lost at Clare, Ireland 27th December 1898.

 

Maria & Ellen,

Schooner of 96tons, built by Hugh Hughes in 1852. Length 67. 6ft. beam 19. 4ft, and 11. 4ft deep. She belonged to Thomas Williams of Porthdinllaen, and in the 1870s to John Roberts of Caernarfon. She was lost off Thurso in 1880.

 

Nugget,

Schooner of 73tons, built by G Owen in 1865, for Robert Rees of Nefyn. Length 68. 3ft, beam 20ft, and 9. 6ft deep. Rees sold her to John Williams of Aberdovey. In the late 1880s she was sailing out of Bideford.

 

One,

Sloop of 47tons, built by Evan Ellis in 1839 for Ellis Jones of Nefyn. Length 40. 4ft, beam 13. 8ft, and 7. 3ft deep. Lost near Penmon on February 26th 1871.

 

Phoenix,

Sloop of 47tons, built in 1776 for R Parry and W Roberts of Nefyn. Lost.

 

Robert Jones,

Barque of 287tons. The largest vessel ever built at Porthdinllaen, by James Owen in 1866 for Robert Rees of Nefyn. Length 115ft, beam 26ft, and 14. 9ft deep. She was lost on the 7th January 1882.

 

Robert Williams,

Schooner of 64tons, built by Evan Ellis in 1864. Sold to Rees Griffith of Aberdaron. Length 62. 7ft, beam 18. 9ft, and 9. 3ft deep. Griffith sold her to William Evans of Borth. Lost in the Bristol Channel 1883.

 

Revival,

Schooner of 96tons, built by Hugh Hughes in 1859, length 76ft, beam 22ft, and 10. 4ft deep. Her first owner was H Roberts of Edern, then E Griffith of Nefyn. In the 1890s she belonged to Isaac Jones of Caernarfon. She was later converted into a barge on the Thames and was condemned and broken up in 1916.

 

Richard Roberts,

Schooner of 80tons, built in 1835 for Ellis Jones of Nefyn. Length 66. 6ft, beam 20. 4ft, and 10. 2ft deep. Later owned by Hugh Hughes of Morfa Nefyn. Wrecked at Fishguard in 1869.

 

Sidney,

Sloop of 47tons, built in 1796 for William Williams of Edern. She was lost in 1803.

 

Speedwell,

Sloop of 37tons, built in 1798 for Griffith Williams of Nefyn. She was lost in 1808.

 

Sybile Wynn,

Brig of 175tons, built by Hugh Hughes in 1873 for Richard Griffith of Llanfaglan. Length 99ft, beam 23ft, and 13ft deep. On the morning of her launch, a sermon was preached aboard her by Ieuan Gwyllt. She was later owned by D T Edwards of Caernarfon, and was lost in 1884 near Douglas.

 

Venedotia,

Sloop of 53tons, built for R Davies of Edern. She was eventually lost.

 

Voelas,

Schooner of 78tons, built by Hugh Hughes in 1861 for William Evans. Length 65. 2ft, beam 20. 9ft, and 10. 3ft deep. She was lost in the Irish Sea in 1869 on a passage from Falmouth to Bardsey Island.

 

William,

Schooner of 56tons, built by W Jones in 1839 for R Williams of Morfa Nefyn. Length 51. 2ft, beam 16. 3ft. Afterwards owned by Richard Jones of Nefyn. She was wrecked at Porth y Sgaden 9th of October 1891.

 

From the book "Porthdinllaen" Many thanks to Tom Morris, for these details.

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