The STUART

 

The Welsh Whiskey Galore

In 1954 when I was a G.P. in Nefyn, I had a call late one night to a house in the Llangwnadl area. On arrival I was greeted by two men obviously drunk, I was directed to the bedroom of their uncle.

In there was this old man lying in a feather bed (gwely weinscot). He was dressed in a flannelette shirt, long sleeved woollen vest, woollen long johns and a green beret on his head. He was obviously dying from terminal bronchopneumonia and cardiac failure. After doing what I could to make him comfortable I returned to the living room.

The house had one living room, one bedroom, a small kitchen and a pantry. There was a big fire in the cast iron range and on the table were several bottles

On enquiring how the two nephews came to be under the influence,  I was told that they had found several bottles of whiskey in the pantry, and they explained that they had come from a ship that had sunk in the nearby bay.

I was offered some of the whiskey but declined!!

Later that night the old man died.

Several years later I was able to return to the bay by boat and able to snorkel over the skeleton of the sunken vessel

----THE STUART

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The Stuart was wrecked at Llangwnadl on April the 6th 1901

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The wreck of the Stuart

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Thanks to Dr G Parry, for this recollection, by e-mail.

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