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Kate Webster
30th May 2011, 10:33 AM
My grandfather Captain John Owen Meirion Humphreys (Oct 1917 - Oct 1985) did his apprenticeship wth Blue Star Line begining 1932 or 1933. He sat his exams at Loughborough, Leistershire England.

Would anyone know how I would go about finding more information on ships he sailed on while with Blue Star Line.

Towards the end of his sea going career he was the Harbour Master of the Port of Devonport, Tasmania Australia.

I am also seeking information on where I could find information on Master Mariners dating back to 1808 to the present, all are Welsh and from the Cardigan, Cardiff, St Dogmells areas.

I come from a long line of Master Mariners, 8 generations so far and have continued the family tradition, I married a Mariner, Captain Paul Webster, currently Harbour Master of the Port of Eden NSW, Australia.

Any help would be appreciated

With thanks


Keith at Tregenna
30th May 2011, 10:48 AM
Morwyr Cymru: Welsh for Welsh Mariners

This site may be of help to you

Please let us know how you get on, will try and help more ASAP.

LINK: Morwyr Cymru - Welsh Mariners (http://www.welshmariners.org.uk/)


Ray Buck
30th May 2011, 01:21 PM
His WWll medal entitlement
The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=4524526&queryType=1&resultcount=10)

his DisA No is R191904

his seamans pouch
in piece BT 372/193/131 , these pouches’ are a bit hit and miss sometimes contain little but should have a photograph albeit a mug shot

Detecting your browser settings (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displayyour-options.asp?requestthis=BT+372%2F193%2F131&linkback=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Enationalarchives%2Egov %2Euk%2Fcatalogue%2FDisplayCatalogueDetails%2Easp% 3FCATID%3D%2D3292949%26CATLN%3D7%26FullDetails%3DT rue&CATID=-3292949&CATLN=7&FullDetails=True&UserType=0)

This may be a long shot
There was a John Owen Humphries aged 25 with 9 years service signed on the “Columbia Star” as 3rd Mate signed in Birkenhead on the 24th September 1942 the ship arrived in New York on the 11th February 1943 having sailed from Panama Canal, he was Welsh height 5’ – 7 ” weight was 159 lbs with a scar on the forehead

The Official No for the “Columbia Star is 167259 built 1939 http://www.bluestarline.org/columbia1.html


Kate Webster
30th May 2011, 11:52 PM
Thank you so much Ray,

Your long shot, was spot on.

Keith, I have searched the Welsh Mariners list,I haven't Located John Owen Meirion, but I have located family members further back through the generations. Thanks for your help

Kate :)