Porthmadog Maritime Museum, The Harbour, Porthmadog, LL49 9LU 01766 514581 / 07866633927 contact@portmm.org

One Hundred years ago

On April 11th, 1917, the Porthmadog schooner Miss Morris, on a voyage from Genoa to Malaga in ballast, was scuttled by the German submarine U-35. At the museum we have a section on War at Sea which includes a digital display which shows unique film footage of the Miss Morris being captured and sunk.

2 thoughts on “One Hundred years ago”

  1. I recently revisited the Mates and Master Certificates application forms of my paternal Grandmother’s brothers, William and Griffith Thomas of Clog-y-berth, who between them served on a large number of sailing ships associated with Porthmadog. On cross referencing the entries in their Statement of Service with the ships lists in Emrys Hughes’ “Porthmadog Ships” I suddenly realised that William had served as bosun on the maiden voyage of “Miss Morris”. The Mate on that voyage was William Jones, son of the major shareholder Thomas Jones (33 Snowdon Street). William Jones was married to Lizzie Thomas my Grandmother’s eldest sister. The period both Williams were signed on for was from the 27 May 1896 to 5 May 1897. I would be most interested if anyone has any details of this voyage. i.e. destination, cargo, etc.
    Both of the Thomas brothers transfered to steam and served in the merchant navy during WW1, William was Commended for services in connection with the War, London Gazette 11 April 1919. Griffith was lost at sea 6 June 1917 when serving as 2nd mate on SS Taplow which possibly hit a mine.

  2. Hello Glyn,
    The best place to get details of the Miss Morris’s first voyage is from Gwynedd Archives. It is likely that they have the Crew Agreement/Crewlist. Much can be gleaned from this document. At every foreign port the captain deposited it with the British consul who dated and stamped it. The port is a good indication of what the cargo was. Any disciplinary events/desertions are mentioned. Griffith Thomas’s name is on the Porthmadog war memorial and on the scroll on display at the museum.

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