Thomas 1857-1930, known as Captain Davies the Elder of Gloucester House, began his career as a ships boy on the schooner Tirsah under the watchful eye of his Uncle Captain Thomas Richards. He was also on the schooners Rosina and the Squirrel in the same capacity. His next vessels were the brigs Cambrian Belle and Xanthus as an ordinary seaman. He was an able seaman on the Edith, Catherine, Lady Pryse, Maria, Volunteer, Sabrina, Hagar and Courier, all schooners except for the brig Courier and the brigantine Lady Pryse. Thomas then moved to steamships as an A.B. on the Lady Mostyn, Nant Francon, G.W. Jones and the Jersey. Oddly he is listed as master of the schooner Catherine some ten years before he passed his masters examination, as well as being noted as chief steward on the Nant Francon in 1883. His brief captaincy of the Catherine came about because his uncle, John Richards b.1827, was its master. There are several instances of this type of situation at Borth when a young competant relative is allowed to take command for a short while as it was good training for a prospective master mariner. In 1889 whilst again on the Nant Francon Thomas was issued with his first mates certificate. This steamship had a long association with Borth as the 1891 census reveals, that of the eleven crew seven were from Borth...master John Jenkins, Evan Davies mate, John Davies bosun, John Jenkins, cook and steward, with John Morris John Richards and Richard Davies all A.B.’s. Thomas served as first mate on the steamships, Dowlais, Dora, Gwalia, Clieveden, Sir G. Wolsey, W.J. Radcliffe, Marie Fleur, Eldorado and after gaining his masters certificate he commanded the Mary Hough, Maggie Hough, Samuel Hough, Consols, Globe, Avanti and the L.H. Carl. The Hough shipping company was formed by Borth resident Nancy Birch’s antecedents. The L.H. Carl, under the command of Thomas Davies was torpedoed on 20th July 1917 in Lyme Regis Bay with the loss of two crew members. He was sixty one years old at the time and other events including the death of one of his sons a year later saw him retire from seafaring. Captain Thomas Davies had married Mary Anne Lougher of Llancarfan, Glamorganshire in 1881 and between them had six children. Two of the three boys went to sea. Mary Anne died in 1904 and two years later Thomas married Anne Davies of Penrhyncoch with whom he had one daughter Muriel b.1909.