Ships that John Williams Cadlan sailed on.
(1,2,4,) Protesilaus, (5,6) Peleus. (7)
Hesperides, (9) Celtic King, (10) Mecanicican, (3) John Williams on the
right. (8) John Williams.
Diolch i Mrs M Jones am y Lluniau yma.
John Williams (Jack) Cadlan.
Blue Funnel Line "Troilus"
Jack was the Chief Engineer
Blue Funnel line Troilus
She was built in 1921 by Scotts Ship Building
& Engineering Co. at Greenock with a tonnage of 7669grt, a length of
459ft 1in, a beam of 56ft 2in and a service speed of 14 knots.
Sister of the Phemius she was built for the China Mutual Steam Navigation
Co. On 5th June 1942 a convoy of six ships, code name Operation Harpoon,
sailed from the Clyde with vital supplies for Malta. At the same time
Operation Vigorous, a convoy made up of 11 ships sailed from Alexandria.
The convoy of six ships which included Troilus passed Gibraltar during the
night of 11th-12th June and from then on the escort was made up of one
battleship, two aircraft carriers, two cruiser and eight destroyers. As
the convoy got closer to Malta another cruiser, nine destroyers, four
fleet minesweepers and six minesweeping launches joined the escorting
ships. Apart from the Troilus the other ships in the convoy were the
Burdwan and Orari from Britain, the Tanimbar from Holland and the Chant
and Kentucky from the USA carrying in total 43,000 tons of cargo and oil.
Air attacks increased in frequency and the Tanimbar was sunk on 14th June
followed by the Chant during the following day. The Kentucky, after being
hit, was taken in tow and the Burdwan was disabled. Rather than slow down
both the Kentucky and the Burdwan were sunk. Of the remaining ships the
Orari struck a mine and managed to limp into port while the Troilus
arrived as the only unscathed ship. Of the eleven ships that sailed from
Alexandria only six arrived safely in Malta after Admiral Vian's group was
recalled to base. However, two years later she became the company's last
war casualty when, on 31st August 1944 during a voyage from Colombo to
Liverpool she was torpedoed and sunk by U-859 (KapitanLeutnant Johann
Jebsen) 250 miles east of Socotra in the Indian Ocean (14 10N 61 04E) .As
the boats were being lowered further torpedoes were fired causing more
casualties, a total of twenty four in all. After five days afloat ninety
five survivors were recovered from the lifeboats by HMS Taff and HMS
Nadder who then took them to Aden.
Diolch i Mrs K Parri am y Lluniau yma.
Photographs taken in the Far East by John Williams, Cadlan.
Young Ladies in Singapore.
Diolch i Mrs M Jones am y lluniau yma.
(1) William Davies, Tyn Mynydd. (2) Ellis Jones, Tyn Lon Fawr, a
gollodd ei fywyd yn yr ail ryfel byd, yn yr Indian Ocean. (3,4,5, ) Tair o
longau y bu Ellis yn morio arnynt.
(1) William Davies from Tyn Mynydd, (2) Ellis Jones, from Tyn Lon
Fawr, who lost his life in the Indian Ocean in WW2. (3,4,5,) Three of the ships
that Ellis saild on.
Diolch i Mrs W Jones, am y lluniau yma.
Un o Longau Richard Hughes, Amlwch.
Fe hwyliodd Hugh Morris Hughes, Felin Bodwrdda ar y ddwy
long yma. (Tad
Diolch i Mr Carroll Hughes, am y lluniau yma.