My grandfather had a moustache and was a sailor for seven years. I had therefore assumed that this photo of moustached young men on a ship included my grandfather, Evan George. It was, after all, filed in the family-photos box. However, today, I looked closely at these crew members and have come to the conclusion that none of them is my grandfather – not even the one with the photographic blob on the bridge of his nose, who resembles him a bit. What’s more, the name of the ship is not familiar. So why have I got this photo, originally mounted on a large thick board but now roughly cut away to a more manageable size?
I have now discovered that the SS Den of Ruthven was built in 1907, some years after Evan had abandoned his career as a sailor, so I have to assume that our family has some other connection to these young men.
The Royal Maritime Museum at Greenwich includes among the crew list of 1915:
- Ezes (probably should be Ezer) Owens; rank/rating, Master; age, 40; place of birth, Dinas Cross; previous ship, same.
Come on Dinasites (as the County Echo used to call the inhabitants of Dinas), I challenge you to recognise this Owens and claim him for your family trees!
Well I couldn’t resist that challenge could I! And there are few of us who can claim Ezer. William George and Ann John of Pentre (Fishguard/Dinas) had at least 6 children including Elizabeth b c1832 (married Levi Harries), Anne b c1836 (married William Owen) and Stephen b c1843. Elizabeth was the mother of my great grandmother Eleanor Harries, Anne was the mother of Ezer Owen and Stephen was the father of your Evan so Eleanor, Ezer and Evan were all first cousins. I know that Anne Hughes has done a lot on the Owen family so she may be able to add more.
Fantastic! Can you find him on the wonderful Welsh Mariner’s Index?