Morgan, D. W.


Liverpool : The Brython Press, 1st.ed., 1948. Xviii + 299 pp., 91 photo & other plates ; map e.p’s. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G. A maritime history of mid-Wales with particular emphasis on Aberdovey and the banks of the Dovey itself. Beginning with a brief history of the area from Roman times down to the mid-18th century, the author continues by examining the history of the deep-sea and coastal square-riggers around Barmouth, Carnarvon, etc., well on into the 19th century. During this time Aberdovey emerged as an important industrial coastal region with slate and lead being exported from nearby mines and quarries in fleets of square-riggers. The decline of sail is discussed as the 19th century draws to a close, with the final epoch of Welsh sail up to the 1940s when harbours like Pwllheli and Portmadoc were left with empty anchorages and vacant berths where once large fleets of barques, barquentines, schooners, brigantines, brigs, and other types came and went on every tide. The author also provides local anecdotes of shipmasters and their crews. With 91 historic photographs. SCARCE.

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