Thomas O Thomas

Thomas was from Criga Mawr, Llanfaelrhys, and he became the only Mariner from Rhiw to lose his life in the great war 1914 ~ 1918. He was working on a small steam ship the “Solway Queen” which was torpedoed on 2nd of April 1918, seven miles east of the Killantringan Lighthouse (Wigtownshire, two miles north of Portpatrick) Whilst on passage from Ayr, Scotland to Newry Northern Ireland with a cargo of Coal. She was attacked without warning and all eleven of her crew lost their lives.

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"Killantringan Lighthouse"

"Thomas is on the right"



"Solway Queen"

Official number: 84635

Signal code: JMNP

Description: Iron Steamer.


Preston 1883.

Tonnage: gross 307   net 115.

Length 145.0  Breadth 23.1  Depth 10.2


Triple Expansion 3-cylinder, 67 NHP.

Engine builder:

Hall, Russell &, Aberdeen.

Port of Registry: Aberdeen.

Flag: British.

Owner: Kynoch_Arklow Ltd.

Master: W.J.Kearon.

Class at Lloyd’s + 100A1.



Lloyd's List


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Thomas was 28 years old.


Thanks to Mr & Mrs H Thomas for all their help.

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