Cambrian Monarch

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Capt. Thomas Williams, Criccieth then Wm Thomas & Co    Liverpool

Iron Ship. ON: 74552 NRT:1306. 216.5/37/23, Built: 1876 Southampton
{short description of image}The builder's model of this ship was on display at Criccieth Public Library for many years. I believe it is now at the Primary School, Ysgol Treferthyr. The Cambrian ships were bought by William Thomas & Co, Liverpool in the 1890's (this photo is a bit embarassing for the Captain and Mate as she has a turn in her anchor cables!)

1876   Built at Southampton by Thomas R. Oswald for Capt. Thomas Williams, Criccieth and Liverpool

1876  September. Registered in Liverpool. Master Capten D.Hughes of Caernarvon (owned 4/64th shares)

1877  Jan 11th Arrived Sydney (AE) with 2500 tons cargo and passangers after 81 day voyage.

1878  April 2nd. Articles opened at Sunderland. Mate Evan Jones and 2nd Mate John Griffiths, both of Caernarvon. carpenter Hugh Williams born Conway.(AE)

1878   August, At Singapore. One AB discharged, One ill and three left in prison. Replacements were: natives of Birkinhead, Quebec, USA and Antwerp.(AE)

1878   December: At Newcastle NSW, Four deserted and several discharged (inc 2nd Mate).(AE)

1879   April: At Bombay. Seven ABs discharged. Evan Jones paid off.."insane" (AE)

1879   June 16th. Captain D Hughes died at Bassein: Albert Forbes takes command. Seven of the crew imprisoned(AE)

1880   February. Close articles at Falmouth. Capt Thomas Owen of Tudweiliog, takes command. He was in comand from 1880-1884 (AE)

1880  3rd  July.  At Sydney (GH) From London

5th July: OWEN THOMAS MASTER 43 CARNARVON, , ELLIS ROBERT 1ST MATE 24 BARMOUTH, EVANS OWEN 2ND MATE 22 CARNARVON, LEWIS RICHARD 3RD MATE 21 CARNARVON, DAVIES RICHARD CARPENTER 36 CARNARVON, WILLIAMS EDWARD SAILMAKER 28 CARNARVON, CREW JONES GRIFFITH STEWARD 27 CARNARVON, CREW ROBERTS HUGH COOK 35 CARNARVON, CREW WILLIAMS EVAN A. B. 20 CARNARVON, CREW DAVIES DAVID W. A. B. 20 CARNARVON, CREW McCLEAN DONALD A. B. 24 P.E.ISLAND, CREW NORMAN AUGUST A. B. 27 SWEDEN, CREW HARDING J. A. B. 23 KENT, CREW WILLIAMS H.J. A. B. 26 LONDON, CREW GUSTAFSIN CHAS. Z A. B. 26 SWEDED, CREW PHILLIPS A.J. O. S. 19 BANGOR, CREW ORVEN WILLIAM O. S. 24 CARNARVON, CREW CROXEN THOMAS COOK 46 NORFOLK, CREW O'DONNELL WM STOWAWAY, WILLIAMS FRANK STOWAWAY. Source: State Records Authority of New South Wales: Shipping Master's Office; Passengers Arriving 1855 - 1922; NRS13278, [X147-149] reel 442. Transcribed by Chris Bryce.

1881   May 12th: Articles opened at Newport . Sailed for Sydney (AE)

1881  12th August. At Sydney(GH). Sailed 25th September

1881   December 9th arrived San Francisco (AE)

1882 - 7 Captain Griffith Williams of Nefyn

1882   February 4th Sailed from San Fancisco (AE)

1882   June 4th Arrived Queenstown. (AE)

1885   21st March.  At Sydney(GH)

1891   Capt Thomas Williams (Caernarfon) in command (AE)

1895   Sold/management taken over by William Thomas and Co, Liverpool

1897 Sept 20th Articles opened at Liverpool. Capt. John Richards of Pwllheli. Mate John Jones of Llandegfan, 2nd Mate R.H.Thomas of Menai Bridge, Carpenter Ellis Jones of Porthmadog.

Arrived Melbourne Jan 1st 1898. Articles returned 4th Feb. Sailed to Newcastle NSW to load coal and departed there on March 7th. Nine crew members, including one apprentice, deserted on the Aussie coast.

Arrived Valparaiso May 20th. Sailed June 20th. Arrived Caleta Buena on 11th July. Loaded guano and sailed 13th August. Arrived Rotterdam December 27th 1898. Articles closed. (PRO)

1903-04 Capt. Rees Griffiths of Pwllheli (WMD)

1904 Robert Lewis of Holyhead, 2nd mate, drowned when boat overturned at Penco Bay on 5th June (WMD)

1907   Sold to Chile, Oelikers Brothers, Valparaiso for 4,500 pounds and renamed LLANQUIHE (AE)

1919   Sold to Spanish owners and renamed PELAYO (AE)

1921   Sold to Buenas Aires.

1925   Broken up at Port San Juan, Spain.


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Sources
NM Greenwich: Crew articles for
MUN: Crew Articles for
PRO Kew: Crew Articles / Official Logs:
DB: Debbie Beavis
GH: Graeme Haigh
AE: Aled Eames:
JID: John Ivor Davies.
LB: Lars Bruzelius
BL: Basil Lubock
AV: Alan Villiers
WMD: Welsh Mariners Database

Other books/articles etc:

There is a full chapter devoted to this vessel in Aled Eame's "Ventures in Sail". There is a diary published by the captain's wife in "Gwraig y Capten" published by Gwynedd archives. (not read it yet)