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FROM THE CAPTAINS TABLE By Gwilym Williams
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True Life Tales of a Master Mariner --- A series of short stories set out chronologically and plotting the long career of Master Mariner Gwilym Williams and the colourful characters he met along the... More > way. From his Uncle Jack – ‘California Jack’ as he was known in the Swansea Valley – whose tales of travelling the globe must have acted as a spur to the ambitions of the young Gwilym. Drama is never far away, such as the danger days of the North Atlantic convoys but being Gwilym, there is always humour waiting in the wings. Read, at first hand, the experience of docking the great “Queen Mary”, in New York, without the aid of tugs, when Gwilym served under Cunard’s Captain Donald Sorrel whose feats of seamanship must have been an inspiration for when Gwilym was Master of his own ship in peril on the deep. Finally, in this chronicle of yarns, starting in 1915, fetches up in 1978, when Gwilym at last reveals the secrets of the Captain’s Table.< Less
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE By Gwilym Williams
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True Life Tales of a Master Mariner --- Gwilym delves into his family history. In particular he researches those enterprising Welsh folk, including Gwilym’s grandfather, who set off for... More > Patagonia on the converted tea clipper “Mimosa” on 25th May 1865. Gwilym plots the harrowing experiences of those early settlers and brings the story up to the present day; he also relates how his own father returned to Wales, speaking only Spanish and Welsh, to meet and marry Margaret Ada. Gwilym’s own wanderlust must stem from those paternal genes, for the story relates how Gwilym’s father was persuaded to seek his fortune in the Ashanti Gold Fields of what is now Ghana and where he perished, having contracted black-water fever. Years later Gwilym, by now himself a world wanderer, would get to visit his father’s grave in Obuasi. Gwilym takes a break from genealogy to amuse us with some more anecdotes from happy times at sea before we wind up travelling again, this time to Australia and back to the family.< Less
Fact Stranger Than Fiction By Gwilym Williams
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True Life Tales of a Master Mariner --- Fact Stranger Than Fiction is a collection of short stories taken from Gwilym’s long life, starting with his upbringing in the Swansea Valley and his... More > tentative beginnings with the Hain Steamship Company, through wartime service with Royal Mail Lines to the heady days of his time with Cunard. Master Mariner Williams gives us snippets and observations made with a witty eye and a firm realisation that fact is indeed often stranger than fiction.< Less
Master Under God By Gwilym Williams
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True LIfe Tales of a Master Mariner --- Master Under God is based on the term used by Captain H, Cotter in describing the role of the ship’s Master, which Cotter summarises as, “The... More > ship’s commander is ‘Master Under God’, invested with almost absolute power – a burden of responsibility indeed”. In this narrative Captain Gwilym Williams recalls his time with the Cunard Shipping Company, In the Carinthia, as Chief Officer to learn of his promotion to Master of the cargo ship “Ivernia”. These are the days of uncertainty for the traditional seafarer but Gwilym’s lucky star is firmly in position and his wife Joan is often now able to join him on some memorable cruises and deep-sea voyages.< Less

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