Nefyn and Porthdinllaen Built Ships
Llongau cafodd eu Adeiladu yn Nefyn a Porthdinllaen
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|"The Nevin locality was famous for its ships as well. They were not always the best lookers, hut they were designed and constructed on highly scientific lines with seaworthiness always uppermost in the de- signer's mind. It was not necessarily the clipper or yacht design that created profitable ocean passages, rather was it the vessel that held mastery over the sea and could continue on her course, and "make good," in spite of adverse conditions. I remember on one occasion "being hove to" in a storm off the Cornish coast and in spite of this defensive action on our part we were making bad weather of it, we tumbled ponderously between the great waves. Suddenly we watched with great interest and surprise the appearance of a small schooner; although under reefed sails, she was holding her course in spirited manner and making excellent progress. She was named Ellen. Our skipper remarked in a self-satisfied way "un o longau Porth Dinlleyn ydi hi"-she is a Nevin ship. In other words, we are not competing. A famous Nevin ship- was the 190 tons barquentine Linus. On one voyage she sailed round Cape Horn as far as a group of islands in the Pacific called Tierra Affuera de Lobos-"Distant land of wolves." At this point the little Linus and her crew of seven were 10,000 miles from their native Nevin. Some way to go for a crust of bread ! "|
LINUS was one of the fine strong vessels built at Nefyn by Robert
Thomas. She left the blocks, as a brig, in 1857. Her dimensions were 183
nrt/105.6'LOA/ 22.7' Beam and max draft of 13.5'. At some stage she was
converted to a barquentine. She was owned and managed by David Morris of
Porthmadog and was considered a ship of that port. She was a "clipper"
and well known for her fast passages to all corners of the world. In
addition to the voyage around Cape Horn to the guano islands she did a
trip around the Cape of Good Hope to Calcutta.
For over forty years this little workhorse ploughed the seas with Welsh coal and slate, phosphate rock from the West Indies and Morrocco, salt to Newfoundland and Labrador and stockfish back to the Catholic countries. She was sold to owners in Lerwick, Shetland in 1901.
(Anybody know what happened to her after she was sold? RDC)
represents only a few of the ships built there. Any more information
would be most welcome.
Y mae y rhestr hon yn cynrychioli ond ychydig o'r llongayu adeiladwyd yn y fan. Byddwn yn ddiolchgar am mwy o wybodaeth
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|Catherine Alice||98||Built1850||?||Brigantine||Owners, Owens & Co|
|Catherine Thomas||104||Built 1850||?||Schooner||Owners, Thomas & Co|
|Cevn Amlwch||80||Built1838||?||Schooner||Owners, Jones & Co|
|Ellen||55||Built 1848||?||Smack||Owners, Owens & Co.|
|George the Fourth||93||Built 1824||?||Brigantine||Owners Davies and Co|
|Jane Roberts||100||Built 1848||?||Schooner||Owners, Roberts & Co|
|Maria Catherine||89||Built 1841||?||Schooner||Jones & Co|
|Diligence||Schooner||Wrecked Abersoch 22nd Jan 1862 Bound for Newry with pipe clay.|
|Joseph Nicholson||99||1868||Rees Davies||Schooner||Owner/master David Davies. Lost in Collision with the WALTER URIC 1884?|
|Maria||95||1786||Bgntine||Michael Hughes of St Helens, David Richards of Swansea etc,|
|Mary Reynolds||67||Built 1848||?||Schooner||Jones & Co|
|Mary Watkins||130||Built 1850||?||Schooner||Williams & Co|
|Miss Pritchard||Built 1870||Schooner||Sank off Cape Wrath 1904 Bound Copenhagen with slates|
|Reindeer||75||Built 1841||?||Schooner||Griffiths & Co 12th Oct 1874. 75grt. Cargo of slates for Coles of London. Foundered - Bardsey bearing NNW x 10'. Crew landed in own boat in 30 mins.|
|Richard||101||Built 1843||?||Schooner||Davies & Co|
|Sedelous||1849||R.Thomas||Schooner||Owner Hugh Roberts Porthmadog. Wrecked on PM bar 3rd Jan 1882. Cargo of Iron ore and dynamite.|
|Sisters||27||1788||Sloop||Amlwch trader? Lost1805|
|Superb||91||Built 1839||?||Schooner||Davies & Co|
|Three Brothers||93||Built 1845||?||Schooner||Jones & Co|
|Two Brothers||Schooner||Wrecked Abersoch 16th march 1907|
|William Henry||72||Built1847||?||Schooner||Evans & Co|
|Ocean Maid||Built 1863||Schooner|
|Linus||183||1857||R.Thomas||Barquentine||Built as a brig. Owned by David Morris of Porthmadog. Sold to Lerwick, Shetland 1901|