Captain Levi Williams b.1840, sailed as first mate on the Ocean Belle for a decade, as had his cousin John before him, both under the command of William James. Levi gained his masters certificate in 1877, and later captained the Pilgrim. His brother, Henry b.1838, was mate on the Picton, and in 1871, whilst mate on the schooner Jane Jones, took his wife Mary Ann with him. Henry is buried in Phillipville, Algeria. Another brother, Captain Richard Williams 1843-99 commanded, and eventually owned the 170-ton Ocean Belle from 1875 until 1899. He had previously served as mate on this vessel and on its last ill-fated voyage, his nephew John Whitlock Williams 1868-99, son of Henry and Mary Ann, was serving as first mate. The vessel foundered in December 1899 off the coast of Denmark, near Lemvig. The tragedy is described thus
…“A vessel came in sight last evening, in a south-west direction, burning a flash light. About one hour later, the light disappeared and shortly afterwards some wreckage and two lifebuoys marked Ocean Belle of Aberystwyth came ashore”.
The vessel was concluded to have sunk with all hands. Several bodies were recovered, amongst whom was Captain Williams who left a wife, one daughter and four sons.