David Hughes b.1825, was master of the 99-ton brigantine Malvina. Another David Hughes b.1841, became a captain in 1865, and commanded the local sailing vessels Mary Anne, Ivanhoe and, for a decade, the 663-ton barque Caroline Spooner. Evan Hughes b.1849, was captain of the barques Hannah, Hugh Ewing and the Spirit of the South. He died on the latter vessel leaving a widow Mary Jane Hughes who lived at Everton House; who later married Captain David Williams 1849-1910.
Captain David Hughes 1865-1903, was at sea at the age of 12 on the sailing vessels Cambrian, Naomi and the Dorothy. In 1880 he was on larger sailing vessels such as the Jane Maria, Ocean Belle, Eleanor and Jane, Caroline Spooner, Rhuddlan Castle and the Rose Hill. David continued in sail on the Snowden and the barque Crusader. In December 1895 he passed his masters exam in Liverpool and went on to command steamers including the Bernina, Glan Rheidol and the Glanayron, and then he was back on sailing ships such as the barque General Nott and the City of Carlisle. Most of the vessels listed to date had Borth connections.
In 1903 he died when the S.S. Mexicano, on which he was serving as First Officer, was lost off Cape Hatteras South Carolina. The vessel was caught in a hurricane carrying a cargo of petroleum products, despite jettisoning gallons of oil the huge seas smashed the lifeboats and sank the ship. There were only seven survivors out of twenty-two. David left a widow, Mary Jane Hughes nee Bywater, and two daughters Jane Lillian and Gesina Margherita. In 1905 Mary Jane married Hugh James who was born at sea in 1880 and died at sea in 1918 and they had four children together. The Bywaters are profiled elsewhere on this site.