Borth - A Maritime History, by Terry Davies
Book published by Carreg Gwalch in 2009, 184 pages. Paperback (N5892)
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From the rear side cover: Borth, a small seaside village in Ceredigion, is mainly known nowadays as a holiday location, but formerly it was full of seafaring families - Merchant Navy, Royal Navy, fishermen and lifeboatmen. Terry Davies, a Borth man himself, tells here of the voyages, the tragedies and the triumphs, of the intertwining branches of the family trees. We read of heroes from Borth, Clarach and Dolybont, such as Captain John Davies who, in 1906, rescued 100 Jewish victims of a pogrom in Russia. Women, such as Yvette Ellis Clark, one of the first Wrens ever to go to sea, and those who stayed behind in Borth over the centuries bringing up their children alone while waiting for their menfolk, and suffering many losses in storms, wars and accidents at sea.
There are also interesting maritime origins to many of the house and cottage names in Borth, like Boston House, Surrey, Everton and Arequipa.