Captain Owen Williams

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  • Name Owen Williams  [5, 6, 7
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 1838  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Christened 29 Mar 1838  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 29 Mar 1838  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11
    Baptism 
    Census 6 Jun 1841  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    Wales 
    Census 30 Mar 1851  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Wales 
    Occupation 30 Mar 1851  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Errand Boy 
    Occupation 2 Oct 1860  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    Seaman Coasting Trade 
    Residence 2 Oct 1860  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    Alma, Penhelyg 
    Census 7 Apr 1861  Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    England 
    Occupation 7 Apr 1861  Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Master of the Star 
    Occupation 18 Jul 1862  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Sea Captain Coasting Trade 
    Residence 18 Jul 1862  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Alma Terrace 
    Occupation 2 May 1865  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Sea Captain Coasting Trade 
    Occupation 5 Feb 1881  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Master Mariner 
    Residence 5 Feb 1881  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Church Street 
    Census 3 Apr 1881  Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Wales 
    Occupation 3 Apr 1881  Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Master of the Olive Branch 
    Occupation 7 Dec 1881  [16, 23
    Fisherman 
    Occupation 27 Jan 1889  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Pilot 
    Residence 27 Jan 1889  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Church Street 
    Census 5 Apr 1891  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    Wales 
    Occupation 5 Apr 1891  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    Trinity Pilot 
    Residence 5 Apr 1891  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    20 Church Street 
    Census 31 Mar 1901  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Wales 
    Occupation 31 Mar 1901  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Trinity Pilot and Fisherman 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    Wales 
    Occupation 2 Apr 1911  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    Trinity Pilot 
    Residence 2 Apr 1911  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    1 Bodfor Terrace 
    Buried 1924  Aberdovey Cemetery, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Registration Between 1 Jul 1924 and 30 Sep 1924  Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    Death Registration 
    • Volume 11b, Page 174
    Death Registration for Owen Williams (32)
    Death Registration for Owen Williams (32)
    Occupation Sea Captain, Trinity Pilot 
    Died 14 Sep 1924  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 16, 29, 30
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    Person ID I32  The Williams Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2018 

    Father John Williams
              b. 1797, Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Dec 1865  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Mary Lewis
              b. Abt 1804, Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Jan 1876  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1824  Pennal, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 31, 32
    • According to the Bishop's Transcripts for Pennal John Williams was a widower and Mary Lewis a widow.
    John Williams and Mary Lewis
    John Williams and Mary Lewis
    Marriage Registration
    Image courtesy of Meriel and Ian Haynes
    Family ID F175  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Davies
              b. 1837, Borth, Cardiganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Mar 1882  (Age 45 years) 
    Registration Between 1 Jul 1859 and 30 Sep 1859  Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    Marriage Registration 
    • Volume 8b, Page 180
    Marriage Registration for Owen Williams (32)
    Marriage Registration for Owen Williams (32)
    Marriage Registration for Elizabeth Davies (506)
    Marriage Registration for Elizabeth Davies (506)
    Married 17 Aug 1859  St. Davids Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 29, 30, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38
    • Marriage Certificate (courtesy of Val Bromley): 1859. Marriage solemnised at St. Davids Church in the Parish of Liverpool in the County of Lancashire. No.: 71. When Married: August 17th 1859. Name and Surname: Owen Williams - Elizabeth Davies. Age: Full - Full. Condition: Bachelor - Spinster. Rank or Profession: Mariner - . Residence at the time of Marriage: Fleet Street - Fleet Street. Father's Name and Surname: John Williams - David Davies. Rank or Profession of Father: Ferry-man - Mariner. In the Presence of: Lewis Williams and Elizabeth Morris. [16]
    Children 
     1. Annie Elizabeth Williams
              b. 2 Oct 1860, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1927, Eryl Mor, Meliden, Denbighshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Mary Williams
              b. 18 Jul 1862, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Jul 1959, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     3. Margaretta Williams
              b. 2 May 1865, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 22 Aug 1927, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     4. Elizabeth Williams
              b. 21 Sep 1867, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Owen Williams
              b. 13 Feb 1870, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Captain David John Williams
              b. 8 Jul 1872, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 May 1936, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     7. Susannah Williams
              b. 6 Aug 1874, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 Dec 1960, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     8. Jane Ellen Williams
              b. 3 Jun 1876, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Dec 1962  (Age 86 years)
     9. Thomas Owen Williams
              b. 17 Aug 1878, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Jun 1881  (Age 2 years)
     10. John Davies Williams
              b. 5 Feb 1881, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 12 Jun 1964, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F168  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jane Roberts
              b. 1852, Talybont, Cardiganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Jul 1934  (Age 82 years) 
    Registration Between 1 Jan 1888 and 31 Mar 1888  Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [39
    Marriage Registration 
    • Volume 11b, Page 214
    Marriage Registration for Jane Aspinall (564)
    Marriage Registration for Jane Aspinall (564)
    Marriage Registration for Owen Williams (32)
    Marriage Registration for Owen Williams (32)
    Married 21 Mar 1888  Register Office, Machynlleth, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [40, 41
    • Marriage Certificate (courtesy of Val Bromley): 1888. Marriage solemnised at Register Office in the District of Machynlleth in the Counties of Montgomery, Merionethshire and Cardigan. No.: 56. When Married: Twentyfirst March 1888. Name and Surname: Owen Williams - Jane Aspinall. Age: 46 years, 35 years. Condition: Widower - Widow. Rank or Profession: Master Mariner - . Residence at the time of Marriage: Prospect Place, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales - 3 Lime Grove, Chorlton Upon Medlock. Father's Name and Surname: John Williams (Deceased) - David Thomas (Deceased). Rank or Profession of Father: Ferry-man - Woollen Manufacturer. In the Presence of: R. O. Roberts and David Morgan. by Certificates before me: William Jones, Registrar and David Evans, Deputy Superintendant Registrar.
    Children 
     1. Maggie Williams
              b. 27 Jan 1889, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Oct 1959, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. Richard Lewis Williams
              b. 2 May 1891, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 7 Jan 1966, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Thomas Owen Williams
              b. 10 Jan 1896, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 12 Aug 1966  (Age 70 years)
     4. Ellis Williams
              b. 30 Mar 1898, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Sep 1978, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F174  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1838 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 29 Mar 1838 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - Baptism - 29 Mar 1838 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Wales - 6 Jun 1841 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Wales - 30 Mar 1851 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Errand Boy - 30 Mar 1851 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - Marriage Registration - Between 1 Jul 1859 and 30 Sep 1859 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Aug 1859 - St. Davids Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Seaman Coasting Trade - 2 Oct 1860 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Alma, Penhelyg - 2 Oct 1860 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - England - 7 Apr 1861 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Master of the Star - 7 Apr 1861 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sea Captain Coasting Trade - 18 Jul 1862 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Alma Terrace - 18 Jul 1862 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sea Captain Coasting Trade - 2 May 1865 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Master Mariner - 5 Feb 1881 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Church Street - 5 Feb 1881 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Wales - 3 Apr 1881 - Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Master of the Olive Branch - 3 Apr 1881 - Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - Marriage Registration - Between 1 Jan 1888 and 31 Mar 1888 - Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Mar 1888 - Register Office, Machynlleth, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Pilot - 27 Jan 1889 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Church Street - 27 Jan 1889 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Wales - 5 Apr 1891 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Trinity Pilot - 5 Apr 1891 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 20 Church Street - 5 Apr 1891 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Wales - 31 Mar 1901 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Trinity Pilot and Fisherman - 31 Mar 1901 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Wales - 2 Apr 1911 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Trinity Pilot - 2 Apr 1911 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1 Bodfor Terrace - 2 Apr 1911 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1924 - Aberdovey Cemetery, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - Death Registration - Between 1 Jul 1924 and 30 Sep 1924 - Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Sep 1924 - Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Captain Owen Williams
    Captain Owen Williams
    Taken from the book Brief Glory by D W Morgan.
    Captain Owen Williams and friends
    Captain Owen Williams and friends
    Courtesy of Marion Lott
    Lifeboat Crew
    Lifeboat Crew
    Captain Owen Williams is third from right.
    Catherine
    Catherine
    Maglona
    Maglona
    Captain Owen Williams
    Captain Owen Williams

    Documents
    Obituary Notice for Margretta Rees nee Williams
    Obituary Notice for Margretta Rees nee Williams
    Hen Taid gets hit on the head!
    Hen Taid gets hit on the head!
    From the Aberystwyth Observer, 17 Mar 1888.

    Headstones
    Headstone for Owen and Jane Williams
    Headstone for Owen and Jane Williams
    Aberdyfi Cemetery.

    BMD Certificates
    Marriage Certificate for Owen WILLIAMS and Elizabeth DAVIES (168)
    Marriage Certificate for Owen WILLIAMS and Elizabeth DAVIES (168)
    Entry 71; 1859. Marriage solemnized at St. Davids Church in the Parish of Liverpool in the County of Lancaster.
    Birth certificate for Ann Elizabeth Williams (00507)
    Birth certificate for Ann Elizabeth Williams (00507)
    Entry 412; Registration District: Machynlleth; 1860. Birth in the Sub-district of Pennal in the Counties of Merioneth and Montgomery.
    Birth Certificate for Mary Williams (00508)
    Birth Certificate for Mary Williams (00508)
    Entry 111; Registration District: Machynlleth; 1862. Birth in the Sub-district of Pennal in the Counties of Merioneth and Montgomery.
    Birth Certificate for Margretta Williams (00509)
    Birth Certificate for Margretta Williams (00509)
    Entry 475; Registration District: Machynlleth; 1865. Birth in the Sub-district of Pennal in the Counties of Merioneth and Montgomery.
    Birth Certificate for John Davies WILLIAMS (00030)
    Birth Certificate for John Davies WILLIAMS (00030)
    Entry 89; Registration District: Machynlleth; 1881. Birth in the Sub-District of Pennal in the Counties of Merioneth and Montgomery.
    Marriage Certificate for Owen WILLIAMS and Jane ASPINALL (174)
    Marriage Certificate for Owen WILLIAMS and Jane ASPINALL (174)
    Entry 56; 1888. Marriage solemnized at Register Office, Machynlleth in the District of Machynlleth in the Counties of Montgomery, Merioneth and Cardigan.
    Birth Certificate for Maggie Williams (00516)
    Birth Certificate for Maggie Williams (00516)
    Entry 18; Registration District: Machynlleth; 1889. Birth in the Sub-district of Towyn in the Counties of Monmouth and Montgomery.
    Marriage Certificate for John Davies WILLIAMS and Annie JONES (16)
    Marriage Certificate for John Davies WILLIAMS and Annie JONES (16)
    Entry 174; 1908. Marriage solemnized at The Register Office in the District of Toxteth Park in the County of Liverpool C. B.
    Marriage Certiicate for Owen WILLIAMS and Elizabeth DAVIES (168)
    Marriage Certiicate for Owen WILLIAMS and Elizabeth DAVIES (168)
    Baptism for Owen WILLIAMS (32)
    Baptism for Owen WILLIAMS (32)

    Census
    1841: Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    1841: Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    HO107 Piece 1429/12 Folio 10 Page 12
    1851: Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    1851: Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    HO107 Piece 2495 Folio 224 Page 10
    1861: England Census for Canning Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire
    1861: England Census for Canning Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire
    RG9 Piece 4465 Folio 162 Page 1
    1861: England Census for Canning Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire
    1861: England Census for Canning Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire
    RG9 Piece 4465 Folio 162 Page 1a
    1881 Wales Census for Milford Haven, Pembrokshire
    1881 Wales Census for Milford Haven, Pembrokshire
    RG11 Piece 5417 Folio 61, Olive Branch
    1881 Wales Census for Milford Haven, Pembrokshire
    1881 Wales Census for Milford Haven, Pembrokshire
    RG11 Piece 5417 Folio 61, Olive Branch
    1891 Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    1891 Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    RG12 Piece 4587 Folio 48 Page 9
    1901 Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    1901 Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    RG13 Piece 5190 Folio 22 Page 8
    1911 Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    1911 Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    RG14 33 7 12 33712 0085 06

  • Notes 
    • The first mention we have of (Captain) Owen Williams is that his baptism was solemnised in the Parish of Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales 1813-1848 on 29th March 1838:- Owen Williams son of John Williams and Mary Lewis Pwllhelig Labourer.

      From the 1841 Census (HO107 Piece 1429/12 Folio 10 Page 12), we have Owen, 3, as living in Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales with his parents John, 45, and Mary, 34. His father's occupation is given as Ag(ricultural) Lab(ourer). Also living at the same address are Owen's brothers John, 6, and Lewis, 1, and his sisters Jane, 12, Ann(e), 11, Susan(nah), 8, and Ellinor, 5.

      From the 1851 Census (HO107 Piece 2495 Folio 224 Page 10) there was an Owen Williams, 13, born Pwllhelig, Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales, an Errand Boy at the Corbet Arms (Hotel), Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales. He was employed by Josiah Higgs, 58, a Farmer of 120 acres and Inn Keeper employing 3 Labourers, born Sudbury, Gloucestershire, and his wife Eliza, 42, a Farmer and Inn Keeper's Wife, born Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Other servants were Jane Hughes, 27, unmarried, House Servant born Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Elizabeth Richards, 32, unmarried, House Servant born Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales, Hugh Gabriel, 37, married, Agricultural Labourer born Llanegryn, Merionethshire, and Daniel Thomas, 40, widower, Agricultural Labourer born Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales Merionethshire.

      From the 1861 Census (RG9 Piece 4465 Folio 162) there was an Owen Williams who was Master of the Star, a Smack of 45 Tons employed in the Coasting trade. Owen was 25, married, and hailed from Penrhyn, County of Merionethshire. Also aboard were William Rowland, married, 35, Mate from the Parish of Llanarmon, Caernarvonshire, John Jones, unmarried, 21, Ordinary Seaman from the Parish of Treflys, Caernarvonshire, and John Jones, 15, Boy from the Parish of Penrhyn, Merionethshire.

      Owen is mentioned in the book 'A Real Little Seaport' by Lewis Lloyd (ISBN 1 874786 48 8) as being a Master Mariner and Trinity Pilot. Owen was discharged from the Kate of Liverpool at Liverpool 3rd March 1869. Lewis goes on to say that Owen was a share owner in, and the first Master of, the Catherine, a 76 ton schooner built at Llyn Bwtri, near Pennal, on the river Dyfi and registered at Aberystwyth No. 2 in 1869. Owen became Master of the 94 ton schooner, Maglona, in 1876 but as he was uncertificated he commanded the Maglona in the home and coasting trade and shipped qualified commanders for foreign-going engagements.

      Owen took command of another new vessel, the Olive Branch, the last seagoing vessel to be built at Aberdovey, in 1880 and in the 1881 Census (RG11 Piece 5417 Folio 61 Page 8), at the age of 43, he is aboard this 99 ton schooner in Milford Haven along with his crew consisting of John Evans, 22, Mate, William Perry, 25, and Richard Hughes, 19, Able-bodied Seamen, and the Boy, John Cook, 16.

      Lewis Lloyd points out that Owen must have been well trusted by the owners of the three new vessels he commanded. Owen was Master of the Olive Branch for the run from Antwerp to London in February of 1881 and in the home and coasting trade to May 1881. Owen then became a Purser for the princely sum of £4 a month under Captain Thomas Walters for a voyage from Limerick to Cadiz and thence to Newfoundland and then homewards by way of Genoa. He was subsequently Boatswain and Purser for voyages to St. John's, Newfoundland and was finally discharged from the Olive Branch at Port Talbot on 3rd March 1884.

      Owen's wife, Elizabeth, died in 1882 and Captain Owen's ship the 'Olive Branch' is referred to on her gravestone in Maethlon (Happy Valley) cemetery.

      '... Captain Owen Williams having married first a sister of my mother and then a cousin of hers.' D. W. Morgan in Brief Glory p 261.

      In the 1891 Census (RG12 Piece 4587 Folio 48 Page 9), Owen, 52, was living at 20 Church Street, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales. He gave his age as 52 and his occupation as Trinity Pilot. He was then living with his second wife, Jane, 39, two of his daughters Susannah, 16, and Maggie, 2, and one of his sons, our Taid, John D(avies) who was then 10.

      From the 1901 Census (RG13 Piece 5190 Folio 22 Page 8) Owen, 63, a Trinity Pilot and Fisherman, was with his second wife Jane, 59, at 8 Glandovey Terrace, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales. With them were their children Maggie, 12, Richard L(ewis), 9, Thomas O(wen), 5, and Ellis, 3.

      From the 1911 Wales Census (RG14PN33712 RG78PN1945 RD615 SD2 ED5 SN42) Owen, 72, Trinity Pilot from Aberdovey, Merionethshire, was with his wife Jane, 58, Lodging House Keeper from Talybont, Cardiganshire, at 1 Bodfor Terrace, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales. With them were their children Maggie, 22, Housework, Thomas Owen, 15, School, and Ellis, 13, School. All the children were reportedly born in Aberdovey, Merionethshire. Boarding with the family were Alexander Hotson Houston, widower, 52, Accountant & Secretary (Limited Companies) from Manchester, England, and Mary Houston, single, 41, Private Means, also from Manchester, England.

      Owen ended his days at 1 Bodfor Terrace, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales and his grave in Aberdovey gives his date of death as 14/9/1924 and his age at death as 86.

      Thankfully, I don't believe this was anything to do with Captain Owen Williams:

      To the Managing Director

      Sir:

      It is with regret and haste that I write this letter to you - regret that such a small misunderstanding could lead to the following circumstances, and haste in order that you will get this before forming any opinions based on reports in the world press, which I am sure will tend to overdramatize the affair.

      We had just picked up the harbor pilot, and the apprentice had just returned from changing the "G" flag for the "H" and, this being his first trip, was having difficulty in rolling the "G" flag up. I, therefore, proceeded to show him how. Coming to the last part, to which he was clinging somewhat tenaciously, I told him to "let go." The lad, though willing, is not too bright, necessitating my having to repeat the order in a sharper tone.

      At this moment, the Chief Officer appeared from the chart room where he had been plotting the vessel's progress, and thinking that it was the anchors being referred to, repeated the "let go" to the Third Officer on the forecastle. The port anchor, having been cleared away but not walked out, was promptly let go. The effect of letting the anchor drop from the 'pipe' whilst the vessel was proceeding at full harbor speed proved too much for the windlass brake and the entire length of the port anchor chain was pulled out by the roots. I fear that damage to the chain locker may be extensive. The braking effect of the port anchor naturally caused the vessel to sheer in that direction, straight toward a swing bridge that spans a tributary to the river up which we were proceeding.

      The swing bridge operator showed great presence of mind by opening the bridge for my vessel. Unfortunately, he did not think to stop vehicular traffic first, the result being that the bridge partly opened and deposited a Volkswagen, two cyclists and a cattle truck on the foredeck. My ship's company are at present rounding up the contents of the latter which, from the noise, I would say are pigs. In his efforts to stop progress of the vessel, the Third Officer dropped the starboard anchor, too late to be of any practical use for it fell on the swing bridge operator's control cabin.

      After the port anchor was let go and the vessel started to sheer, I gave a double ring Full Astern on the engine room telegraph and personally rang the engine room to order maximum astern revolutions. I was informed that the sea temperature was 53 degrees and asked if there would be a film tonight; my reply would not add constructively to this report.

      Up to now I have confined this report to activities at the forward end of the vessel. Down aft they were having their own problems. At the moment the port anchor was let go, the Second Officer was supervising the making fast of the after tug and was lowering the ship's after spring down onto the tug.

      The sudden braking effect of the port anchor caused the tug to run in under the stern of my vessel just at the moment when the propeller was answering my double ring full astern. The prompt action of the Second Officer in securing the inboard end of the towing spring delayed the sinking of the tug by some minutes, thereby allowing the safe abandoning of that craft.

      It is strange, but at the very same moment of letting go the port anchor there was a power failure ashore. The fact that we were passing over a 'cable area' at that time might suggest that we may have touched something on the river bed. It is perhaps lucky that the high tension cables brought down by the foremast were not live, possibly having been replaced by the underwater cable, but owing to the shore blackout it is impossible to say just where the pylon fell.

      It never fails to amaze me, the actions and behaviour of foreigners during moments of minor crisis. The pilot, for instance, is at this moment huddled in a corner of my day cabin, alternately crooning to himself and crying after having consumed a bottle of gin in a time that is worthy of inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records. The tug captain, on the other hand, reacted violently and had to be forcibly restrained by the steward, who has him handcuffed in the ship's hospital, where he is telling me to do impossible things with my ship and my person.

      I enclose the names and addresses of the drivers and insurance companies of the vehicles on my foredeck, which the Second Officer collected after the somewhat hurried evacuation of the forecastle. These particulars will enable you to claim for the damage that they did to the railings of the No. 1 hold.

      I am closing the preliminary report, for I am finding it difficult to concentrate with the sound of police car sirens and their flashing lights.

      It is sad to think that had the apprentice realized that there is no need to fly pilot flags after dark, none of this would have happened.


      Yours truly,



      Master

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