• SMACK ‘AID’ OF CARDIGAN

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    The ‘Aid’ was a Cardigan Smack of 36 tons, built in 1829 at Cardigan. In 1829-51 Captain Daniel Jenkins was the master, sailing to ports such as Kidwelly with slates and returning with coal. Other ports she called at included Llanelli, Pembroke Dock, Hook, and Milford. On 19 July 1851 the ‘Aid‘ was washed ashore at Aberporth and suffered damage, but was raised. The ‘Welshman‘ of 8 August 1851 carried the following item:

    “…ABERPORTH.

    The Aid sloop, Capt. Daniel Jenkins, of Cardigan, bound to this place, which was sunk off this harbour during the heavy gale of Saturday, the 19th ultimo, has been got off and brought in with a very trifling damage. The business of lifting her was chiefly under the skilful direction and superintendence of Mr. David Owen, ship-master, of Cardigan. It seems that he made choice of several vessels that were in Aberporth then, and got the wrecked ship girded by chains, cables from aft to under luff, and then chained tight to four vessels at low water, and when the tide rose she was worked in by other vessels along with those which were chained. A great many of the inhabitants were dragging gallantly from the shore by a strong warp which accidentally broke several times, and caused considerable laughter at the unexpected tumbles of the parties who were aiding. The names of the vessels and masters which were in attendance are The Margaretta, Davies, Nancy, Owens, Ocean, Morgans, and Neptune, Davies, and those which buoyed up the wrecked vessel, were the Oliver Lloyd, Owens, and the Ann and Mary, James, with the Union, Owens. Between spectators and workers many hundreds were in attendance on the shore. The vessel will be again ready for sea in a short time…”

    It may have been as a result of this that the vessel changed hands, and Captain James was later recorded as the master of the ‘Aid‘. On 13 September 1869 she went ashoreat Ramsey Sound. The crew, including Captain James, got off, but the vessel became a complete wreck.

     

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