Basil Lougher Davies 1897-1918, brother of Captain Davies the Younger, lost his life at twenty years of age when the S.S. Penvean was torpedoed by U.105. Amongst the twenty two dead were other Borth mariners, Hugh James, son of Captain James Scranton House and Morgan Morgans son of David and Mary of Gogerddan House Ynyslas.
One of Captain Davies the Younger's sons, Howard Glyn Davies b.1923, followed in his forefathers seafaring footsteps. In February 1942 the 19 year old joined the Ellerman Line vessel City of Eastbourne as a cadet officer. He went on three trans world voyages on this vessel, followed by a single one on the City of Barcelona. The next five world voyages were on the City of Chester . Howard was promoted to third mate with his duties being primarily navigation. In this capacity he sailed on City of Windsor, City of Lincoln, Samtweed, City of Kimberley and the City of Leicester. By 1947 third officer Howard Glyn Davies was ashore and did not return to sea. Tracing his travels reveals that he circumnavigated the globe many times, passing through the Suez and Panama canals on numerous occasions visiting ports in the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf, East and South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and even the now notorious Guantanamo Bay. In Madagascar one of his ships ran aground and they had quite a job getting her afloat again, and I hastily add that this was before he took up his navigation duties. The last ports prior to returning to the U.K. were Cuba, New York and then across the Atlantic to either Hull, Liverpool, London, Barry or Cardiff. Howard got through the war unscathed and was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star and the Pacific Star. It is noticable that in his five years at sea he probably visited more ports and countries than either his father or grandfather had. He worked for Cammell Laird and then joined the Milk Marketing Board as, of all things, an artificial inseminator, known colloquially as The Bull in the Bowler. His brother Basil, named in memory of his uncle who was lost on the S.S. Penvean , probably influenced his employment choice as he was a milk tester for the M.M.B. Howard then moved to Davies Antwiss Animal Food Suppliers and from there he became licensee of the White Lion in Nercwys, near Mold.
HOWARD GLYN DAVIES
CITY OF EASTBOURNE
David Davies b.1858, of Balmoral House was at sea from the age of fourteen to well in to his sixties. He had a long association with the Hough Lines sailing often with Captain Rees Arequipa, as well as serving on the ships his brother Captain Thomas Davies commanded. He was bosun and lamp trimmer on the S.S. Morglay in 1892 and one of the last vessels he served on for four years was the S.S. Ashton in the 1920's. In 1889 whilst ashore in London he married Mary Anne Arnold, the daughter of a successful building contractor with Welsh connections. Sadly Mary died in 1890 giving birth to their son John Arnold who was sent back to Borth when he was one year old to be bought up by his father and Aunt, Elizabeth Lewis. Both father and son were away at sea at different times so it was a little like musical chairs. David did not remarry so “Liza” Lewis became a lynchpin for father and son.