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Sailors’ Institute

ON Thursday, 22 March, representatives from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales visited the Barmouth Sailors’ Institute Reading Room as part of a project commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-18.

A short presentation talk was given at 10am and 1.30pm with pupils from Ysgol y Traeth attending the presentations.

As there wasn’t much U-boat activity in the immediate area, the talk was about the general shipping around Wales during WW1.

The U-boats were very active and had success around north Wales and from mid Wales to and mostly around Pembrokeshire.

The shipping lanes around the coast of Wales carried essential supplies supporting the war effort and preventing the nation from starving.

Many fishing vessels and coastal traders from small Welsh ports were sunk with tragic losses for local families and damage to the local economy.

The team were so pleased with the outcome of their visit they have asked to attend Barmouth Sailors’ Institute next Coffee Morning on Thursday, 12 July in the Dragon Theatre Arts Room, 10 to noon.

If anyone has any Great War stories to tell, letters home, newspaper cuttings, ship’s daily log books and Captains journals, the team would be extremely pleased if you would take them along.

If you are willing, they would like to photograph and scan them into the Peoples Collection Wales –

They will be giving a short presentation and be on hand to explain the project more fully.

As part of the project, some wrecks have been selected for underwater survey sites with the aim to tell the story of the conflict from both the German and Allied perspectives. Modern technology will bring them to life

There is so much history still to be discovered and recorded.

Put Thursday, 12 July in your diary.

Ty Gwyn

A UNIQUE opportunity is on offer to anyone who likes meeting people and discussing Barmouth’s maritime heritage whilst surveying the delightful view of the harbour and Mawddach Estuary.

If you can spare two to four hours on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, the team who look after the Bronze Bell Wreck presentation in Ty Gwyn, over Davy Jones’ Locker would like to hear from you. Either pop in during the period from 1pm to 4pm any afternoon or email: [email protected]

You do not have to have any prior history knowledge, someone will be very happy to guide you.

It’s a very pleasant way in which you can help to preserve Barmouth’s Maritime history for future generations.

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