"Our Maritime Logbook"
Date: 31 Aug 2003
Hello Tony just visited your website after talking to you in the smoking area onboard the CS Seawell. Bob Toward Canyon ROV. Thank you for all your effort on this site. As you know the signals out here can be erratic an so I was unable to open some of the pages. I will however be returning to this site in the future.
Date: 04 Oct 2003
What a great web site. We were all very impressed in Holyhead Coastguard Station. Nice to see pics of some of the old ships we sailed on Tony. Keep up the good work. Regards John McClymont.
Nice to hear from you John, Holyhead was a great place to work, and some of the best seamen I ever had the pleasure of working with. Tony
Date: 29 Oct 2003
Found the web-site almost by accident-I was re-living some old memories of my seafaring days on the Blue Funnel web-site and then had a tour of this wonderful site. Now I need to visit the area again to re-live some childhood memories! A wonderful site, and worth the time I've spent on it. I'll be back! Thanks for sharing the area with the unfortunates who live in less beautiful areas!
Date: 15 Jan 2004
It's a very good web site, lots of interesting stuff. George & Ash from the Seawell.
Date: 04 Jun 2004
Love all of the old photos and also the story of the Stuart wreck. Can copies of the wreck photos be obtained? Are there any webcams on Rhiw, Lleyn & Snowdon etc? Will visit your site regularly from now on. Charlie Smith, London. PS. I have been visiting the Lleyn for 40 years now and my parents (Richard & Barbara) still have a caravan at Moel-y-Berth, Llangwynnadl. They tell me that your rhiw.com "Gwenllian" is the same Gwenllian that used to baby sit my brother Simon and sister Debbie and myself all those years ago! I can remember and would like to say a big 'HELLO' to you!
Date: 28 Jun 2004
Its very intersesting to see the pictures of the ss kylebute and kylebank as my great grandad was captain of both of those ships many years ago. I actually have a framed version of the kylebank pictures that you have.
Date: 18 Aug 2004
I enjoyed surfing through your website, you have done a very good job. I too sailed on the Blue Funnel Ships (Welsh Navy).1955/1962. Also ships out of Holyhead. I have taken many a drive around the Llyn Peninsula to see some of the best views in the World. I now live in Virginia USA, but always enjoy my trips back home to Wales. Ernie Barrow.
Date: 25 Aug 2004
Hi Tony how are things with you? Its John Mulholland here from the Stephaniturm and Mayo, I am on the Rocky 1 at the moment should go home tomorrow. Mal Roberts told me about your web site. I thought you had finished with the sea, but I hear you are on the well servicer. Good web site you've got. John
Date: 26 Aug 2004
Da iawn, fydd rhaid i mi drio mynd drosodd ir 'Seawell' tro nesa' fyddai yn Aberdeen. LLyr Tegfan, Uwchmynydd
Date: 07 Oct 2004
Tony, you salty ol sea dog, excellent site. Very impressed with Seawell pages, better than Well-ops own, fancy a job in sales????? A' the best Ray Dudfield
Date: 23 Nov 2004
Gwefan wych, byddaf yn ymweld a hi yn amal o hyn ymlaen, daliwch ati. Tipyn o amser er Bremerhaven Tony. Dick Jones (Harlech gynt) Cofion fil atoch Captan Jones, a gobeithio eich bod yn cadw yn dda. Oeddan dyddiau difyr iawn, a cofiwch fi at y yr hen longwyr i gyd!!! Tony.
Date: 23 Nov 2004
I came accross this site from another Merchant Navy site. Was at sea from 1944 to 1956. Was in Blue Funnel from 1947 to 1956. Any site connected to blue flue (the Welsh Navy) is of interest to me. I have some fond memories of some of the welsh lads, both deck and catering and some stories, to long to submit here, note my email address. Ron Singleton R307363.
Date: 22 Dec 2004
As an ex blue funnel seaman 1958 thru 1961 I have never seen a better web page, your pictures are the best, keep up the good work, (gibsons british columbia)
Date: 23 Dec 2004
Hello Tony. Iechyd dda pob Cymro.....Your site is extremely interesting, I was piloted there by Capt. Richard (Bwana) Ellis Jones. Ti cofio y dirnodiau dda yn y gwchion Caergybi ? Please excuse the bad Welsh. Pob lwc. Capt. N.W.Lester (wedi ymddiswyddo). St.Columba/Stena Hibernia, M.V.Rhodri Mawr, Brian Boroime et al. Thanks for your kind words Capt Lester, and I hope you are keeping well, Tony.
Date: 01 Jan 2005
Hi Tony - Bob (Mellie) Harrison here. Interesting website - dont know how I fell into it but enjoyed the Jump Jet 127 bit. I was on the crane as it was winched up hoping to hell it didn't drop out. I have a photo of the aircraft hanging from the hook clear of the water if you would like it.
Good to hear from you Bob, Hope you are keeping well, Tony.
Date: 12 Jan 2005
I was fascinated by the whaling photos. It seems that Capt Williams, was master of SOUTHERN KING, and worked for the Southern Whaling Company (Lever Brothers). The whaleboat shown in profile (catcher_01.jpg) has the funnel marking of the Hektor Whaling Company of Tønsberg (N.Bugge), [a square, split with a diagonal, red above and aft, white below and forward] and the boat is probably one of their six catcher-boats, which were named HEKTOR 1 to HEKTOR 6, and built in 1929 by Kaldnes mek. Verk. The gangway or 'gunner's bridge' shown in the picture running from hunting-bridge to gun-platform, (and in catcher_02.jpg) came into use in 1925. The cannon shown in two of the photos are of the pre-1926 muzzle-loading pattern, fitted with recoil-cylinders. They were probably manufactured by Bofors, but Kongsberg were bringing similar weapons to market by 1926, and one or other might be from the latter firm. John Harland ......firstname.lastname@example.org Kelowna B C, Canada.
Thank you very much John, for all your help, Tony.
Date: 23 Jan 2005
I'd like to thank you for giving me the opportunity of seing some of my old ships, I was in the Kyleglen; Kylebank, and the Dalegarth Force also the Enid Mary, There is one thing I'd like to mention though, the pic of the Dalegarth Force was taken before she had a mishap (enemy action) and her superstructure was gretly altered, the result of the change made her a little top heavy and caused a lot of apprehension to the people who crewed her after this, as a matter of fact there was one time in the middle of winter when we were loaded with coal that was destined for Limerick, The skipper was a little apprehensive of going to the west of Ireland so we were diverted to Waterford instead, the consequences of this was another story. The town went on strike and the road bridge was kept down and we couldn't discharge or leave , we were there over Christmas and New Year and really enjoyed the Irish hospitality, I think this was around 1950 I do remember there was a Flu epidemic in Britain and people were dropping like flies. I think your coastal ships section should be put in some archives somewhere as they are irreplaceable thanks for your time. Terry Butler (Liverpool)
Date: 23 Jan 2005
Hello to you all and thanks for a good read. Terry Butler
Hello Terry, Thanks for your kind words about our pages, and your reflections about the "Dalegarth Force". A local young man R J Roberts, Fireman, lost his life on the "Kylebank" on the 7th of January 1944, and that's all we know, so far, about the incident. (Can anyone help us?)
The album that I borrowed, with the ships photos in, had dozens more ships in it than we have published, the reason being, as far as we know they have no relevance to this part of the country (Llyn) plus they would take a lot of web-space, some thing that we are constantly concerned about. But we have scanned them, and they are of staggering quality, and I would think historically important. Most of them are coasters and short sea, (All are British) taken between 1900 and 1960, We hope to publish the full list of their names and what little we know about them, so if you or anyone would like a copy of any one of them, drop us a line after we publish the article, we would be more than happy to e-mail you the relevant photograph or photographs. Tony (Webmaster)
Hello Tony, John Garner from Mystic V. Great job on the website well done. Cheers John G
Date: 04 Feb 2005
Can you please help with any details on the following 1st officer HUGH ROBERTS SS North Gwalia 18th Nov 1893 He was awarded a medal for a gallant act on the above date. but which HUGH ROBERTS was he ? would be most greatfull for any help thank you Jim Kenny.
Sorry but we don't know which Hugh Roberts was the Ist Officer of the North Gwalia, we asked a couple of local historians from the Nefyn area and they weren't sure either, although one of them thought Capt Hugh Roberts, Morannedd, who died in 1934 rang a bell , but he wasn't positive. We'll make a few more enquiries and see if we can find out in the archives, and we will let you know if we come across anything relating to him. Tony.
Date: 02 Mar 2005
Hello Tony! What a superb website! Full of interest and with much to read - well done to you. I was interested in the section on Porthdinllaen as I sailed a 32ft boat from Dun Laoghaire to there back in 1989. We spent two nights on a mooring enjoying the local pub and a also visit to the lifeboat station. Best regards, Justin Merrigan Hobart Tasmania
Nice to hear from you Justin, drop me a line, so we can have a Yarn. Tony. email@example.com
Date: 25 Mar 2005
What a great site with all the history, it would make a very good movie with the tales of all the smuggling that went on, puts Cornwall to shame.
Aled Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org Hailed from Edern, but now live in Houston, Texas. Found your web site very interesting, and will visit again soon to really read it in depth. Very enjoyable.
It's a small world Aled, we are now in the process of documenting your grandfather's career, Captain Hugh Roberts O.B.E. of Edern, and it makes fascinating reading. The first part should be published in the next couple of days. Regards Tony.
Tony ~ What a wonderful site! I have really enjoyed my visit and I am in awe of the great photos and stories here. Thank you for sharing!! Sincerely ~ Cynthia Owen-Gaines (email@example.com)
Date: 20 May 2005
Date: 09 Jun 2005
We hope to have more Blue Funnel photographs in the next few days. Regards Tony
Date: 13 Jun 2005
Glad you like our website.
Just had a look in the big black book!!! The schooner Ann & Ellen was
built at Porthdinllaen in 1858 by Hugh Hughes, length 79 ft, breadth 29 ft,
and depth 11 ft 1 in. She was owned by Hugh Jones of Nefyn. She had a new
standing jib fitted on the 24th of June 1872 by David Rice Hughes the Sail
Maker at Porthdinllaen which cost £7.4s.8p. She was sold in 1883 to Lewis
Williams of Porthdinorwic. (Felinheli) She was converted into a hulk on the
river Thames in 1895. Regards Tony
Date: 26 Jun 2005
We're sorry to hear about the state of the churchyard at Nefyn, but this is an exception rather than the rule on Llyn, the ones at Rhiw and Aberdaron for example are always well kept.
Date: 19 Jul 2005
Diolch yn fawr i
chi gyd / Thank you all very much
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