Cornish Connections

15th November 2005, 22:17
Hello everyone,
I have been researching many ships which have a connection
with my family or my county of Cornwall ( UK ).
Currently I am putting together web pages on the ships of the Athel Line.
Already on line are the ships that carried the mail packets
from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly [ 1799 - 2005 ]
and the trawlers of W H Podd of Lowestoft.
on Hearts of Oak at
I am a retired architectural historian.
Best Wishes

Doug Rogers
16th November 2005, 03:59
Hello Treeve, welcome to the site and I am sure that the members will be able to help you with any queries that you have.

Pilot mac
16th November 2005, 08:34

interested to hear of your research. The biggest Cornish Shipowner that I recall was Edward Hain of St Ives. Long and interesting history!


16th November 2005, 09:40
Bood Morning Raymond

With regard to Athel Line have you come accross the following book which is a history:

A history of the United Molasses Co Ltd
Author: W.A. Meneight MBE
Published: 1977
ISBN No: Can't find one.

I don't think it is still in print but you may beable to get a copy through your library.

I got my copy through

It's quite heavy in places and light in others, written by a retired Athel Captain and I'm not sure that all the information is correct as I have found a couple of descrepancies with other sources.

I was R/O on the Athelprince (2) mid 1965 just after she had been lengthened. She was a bulker not a molasses tanker

If I can be any more help just shout.

Printed by Seel House Press Ltd, Seel St, Liverpool, Li 4AY

Chief Engineer's Daughter
16th November 2005, 13:09
Hi there,

My Dad was with Athel Line. What sort of information do you want and I shall see if he can help.



16th November 2005, 13:20
Welcome treeve to the site, enjoy all it has to offer

16th November 2005, 13:49
Welcome aboard from Italy ,enjoy yoursel in this website.

16th November 2005, 18:10
Deeth daa fatla era whye keele Care ve Treeve,it should have been country not county,St Piran`s flag still flies in many parts of the world Comero weeth

17th November 2005, 09:07
Good Morning!
Thanks for the "welcome aboard" everyone.
I have quite a file of information relating to Cornish Ships
and ships and people linked with Cornwall, most of which
is not yet available on the net. In many ways I agree that
Cornwall could very well have been a country in its own
right. Cornwall has spread its mark in most parts of the world.
I am busy assembling all I have on the ships of the Athel Line
( my uncle Basil Forward served with them on a couple of
occasions - hence the interest ). I'll get back to you all
when I have made sense of it all. Captain Stan Waldron
first pointed me towards the Meneight book - it's hard to
find a copy, until now - thanks for the tip Nigel. Captain
Waldron has sent a number of pictures of various Athel
ships, to go with others I have, and which will be placed
on my web pages.
Many Thanks, more later ....
Best Wishes

Dave Hone
18th November 2005, 22:04
Hi treeve, I live near Penzance at Paul above Mousehole and have an interest in local shipping. Apart from Hain the other shipowner to spring from these parts is Chellew, originally at Truro, moving to Cardiff sometime in the late 19th. or early 20th. century.
Their ships had the "Pen" prefix and were trampers engaged, mostly, in the tramping trades. I've got a few pics of Penzance harbour and drydock hanging around somewhere. I'll dig them out and post them on the site, you may be interested.

non descript
18th November 2005, 22:18
Good evening all, this looks an excellent site and I only arrived here researching the very tragic "Royston Grange". I wish you all God Speed and Bon Voyage

19th November 2005, 09:11
Thanks Dave, Much of the Hain story and their ships is already available
on the net, but I have some more to write up and make
available - I'd be delighted to see your pictures of Pz.

More later ....
Best Wishes

19th November 2005, 18:11
Ahoy Raymond,Welcome aboard,enjoy yourself on this fine ship and her crew, as we do; looking forward to your postings.

19th November 2005, 22:25
My Dad was with Athel Line. What sort of information do you want and I shall see if he can help.
Hello CED,
What ships was your Dad with, and when?
Can you ( or anyone ) tell me what it was
like working on the tankers/bulk carriers?
What was it like eworking for Athel ( Molasses )?
Best Wishes

Jan Hendrik
19th November 2005, 23:10
Hello Raymond.
Welcome and enjoy. Looking forward to your postings