Saturday Oct 18th 1930.
Well here I am sending you a little note once again in the hope that
this finds you in the best of health as I am. As you see we are still on
the go and have discharged all the cargo between London, Rotterdam and
Hamburg. On Sunday I was in London and I had a good time at the Chapel
in Kings Cross listening to Elved
preach, and then I went to John Brynhyfryd and Gwen‘s house until 9.30,
it was just as if I were back home.
stayed up late on Saturday evening expecting me to call, but
I didn’t leave the ship. I’ve got some slippers for your mother and
Lizzie. Your mother’s busy now with the money, saving it and taking
it to the Bank. I’ve had or rather I’m having a good run on this ship,
we’ll be leaving here on the 31st and in Swansea until the 8th Nov
leaving Birkenhead on the 15th for the Straights of China and Japan. The
Ulysess is leaving Liverpool the same time that we leave Swansea. It’s a
shame that I won’t be able to see Thomas. I hope to go home from
Birkenhead if not Swansea. Your mother said she’d had a letter from you
and Griff, he’s been to Australia and Java and back to Java since and
now they’re on their way home having had a good voyage. Shame he’s
missed Tommy it’ll be March before he returns, but if Griff goes round
the land in that one he’ll only be home for three months, and I imagine
your mother and he will have quarreled before then!!! I sent the things
home from London and your mother said she’s going to have her photo
taken wearing the Kimono and the Japanese parasol above her head,
that’ll be some sight!!! Send me word if you’re home soon enough,
anywhere along the Coast, but maybe I won’t be on this ship again who
knows. Well I’ve no more to say so I’ll bring this to a close with all
my fondest wishes to you. Tell the Carpenter I had a perfect fit with
the box and it was alright too. Remember me to all. I am your dear
father William Jones. I haven't had my boat ticket yet they were two
short to make up the numbers, shame you weren't here to make up the
numbers (they wanted ten men).
|William and his wife Ellen
||William and Thomas*
*Thomas Williams also
from Rhiw, was Bosun with Blue Funnel for many years.
only days after writing this letter to his son Idwal, William, from Llyshyfryd,
Rhiw, Ships Carpenter on the
Blue Funnel vessel Glaucus, fell down the hatch whilst the ship was in Swansea,
and he died of his injuries.
Griffith Thomas mentions
this, in his
diary for November 1930.
Griffith Thomas Diary November 1930
3rd Bad news W Jones has
4th Willie Llyshyfryd and Owen Siop go to Swansea to fetch W
6th William Jones ‘s body is brought home from Swansea.
8th William Jones Llyshyfryd’s funeral at Nebo. He fell down the
hatch on his ship at Swansea.
Thanks to Mrs R Jones for the photos, and
Mrs M Jones, for the letter.
photograph, from Mrs E Jones, many thanks.