The Blue Funnel Line

William Jones

SS Glaucus,

Falmouth, Saturday Oct 18th 1930.

Dear Son,

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. They’d both 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 and 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).  


The Kimono


William and his wife Ellen William and Thomas*


*Thomas Williams also from Rhiw, was Bosun with Blue Funnel for many years.


Sadly, 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

Monday 3rd  Bad news W Jones has been killed.

Tuesday 4th Willie Llyshyfryd and Owen Siop go to Swansea to fetch W Jones’s body.

Thursday 6th William Jones ‘s body is brought home from Swansea.

Saturday 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.

Kimono photograph, from Mrs E Jones, many thanks.

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