The Edwards clan of seamen produced half a dozen master mariners, primarily in the 19th century. Edward Edwards 1822-86, who became captain in 1865, took over command of the barque Walton on which he had previously served as mate. From 1874, and for the next eight years, he was in command of the barque Eurydice. In 1884 he was captain of the barque Robert Kerr on which he died after serving two years. Captain Edwards carried many migrants to Canada. Thomas Edwards 1846-99, passed as captain in 1880 after serving as mate on the Fairy Queen. There is no record to date of vessels that he may have commanded; but he served as first mate on the Mirella in 1887 and later the Celtic Chief a vessel on which he died. Richard Edwards of Glanwern 1851-1910, gained his captaincy at the tender age of twenty-one, and commanded the sailing vessels Convoy, Florence and the large barque Holt Hill. John Edwards b.1875 became a captain in 1904. In a forty year career at sea he commanded the Graffoe, Carronpark, Hazelpark, Wellpark and Beechpark.
HOLTHILL CELTIC CHIEF
John Ivor Edwards b.1903, the son of Captain Edwards Penbont, became master in 1930 at twenty-seven years of age. He had some narrow escapes during the Second World War when the Mountpark was sunk by enemy gunfire in 1940. Later after commanding the Grangepark his next vessel Ocean Freedom was bombed in port. He was highly commended for war services and for a time continued at sea after hostilities commanding the Hollypark. This vessel was in collision with another ship in dense fog near the South Goodwin Lightship in 1947.