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cheddarnibbles said:
Probably for the same reason that Liverpool (Blue Funnel's home port)was always known as the capital of Wales.
I always thought Liverpool was the capital of Ireland.
 

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I sailed in Blue Funnel ships for many years, from 1946 onwards, and there were always quite a few "Taffs" in the crew. The story is that when a young Welsh lad reached the age of fifteen he was taken to the top of mount Snowdon, pointed in the direction of Vittoria dock in Birkenhead and told "Yonder lies the promised land"!!
Some of the best seamen sailed in Blue Flu.
 

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I sailed one voyage with Blue Funnel and 90% of the crew were from Wales hence the referral to the Welsh Navy.It was also roughly the same when visiting other Blue Funnel vessels in foreign ports - could be your answer
 

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Regarding the capital business. The saying in Liverpool where I was born and bred, was, " Home rule for Wales and give Liverpool back to the Irish"!
Shops would also take Irish money.
 

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Hi Gang,
Always new Holt line as Alfie Holts,thought they were mostly crewed by Chinese,hence the large number of chinese restaurants in Liverpool?Liverpool was to my Knowledge the capital of Ireland, God Bless Liverpool,he's already blessed the Irish?
Neil Mac.
 

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Just a wild thought and it's completely off the wall, perhaps the Greek mythological names given to the vessels sounded Welsh to the untrained ear. Yeah stupid idea isn't it. (Night)
 

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gdynia said:
I sailed one voyage with Blue Funnel and 90% of the crew were from Wales hence the referral to the Welsh Navy.It was also roughly the same when visiting other Blue Funnel vessels in foreign ports - could be your answer
My first trip with Bluies, Atreus in 70, the entire deck dept. was from North Wales, I was the only "white man" in the mast house! It was a relief to arrive in Singapore and hear a civilized language! LOL.
 

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cheddarnibbles said:
Probably for the same reason that Liverpool (Blue Funnel's home port)was always known as the capital of Wales.
Sorry Liverpool always known as capital of Irland (Night)
 

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jim barnes said:
Sorry Liverpool always known as capital of Irland (Night)
Welsh....Irish.....Scouse........Who cares ??????????..............
My apprenticeship with Blue Funnel will always be the best 4 years of my life.
 

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With a choice of going down into the mines or going to sea there is no doubt to why you had a lot of fine young Welsmen onboard the Blues, anyhow somebody had to go out and educate the rest of the world didnt they boyo!!
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John.

Most of the mining was done in south Wales, there wasn't so much of it done here in the north.

Tmac.

I have often heard it said that the Welsh are the Irish who couldn't swim, so I guess that Liverpool belongs to us both! LOL
 

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I wonder - could the welsh refer to Blue Funnel ship that ran away from Napier straight after the earthquake, 1932 I think. It didnt give any help but ran away. Blue Funnel was banned from NZ after this, never to be returned. Not even allowed there during the war. A lot of people have long memories.
JIm B (Cloud)
 

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J Boyde said:
I wonder - could the welsh refer to Blue Funnel ship that ran away from Napier straight after the earthquake, 1932 I think. It didnt give any help but ran away. Blue Funnel was banned from NZ after this, never to be returned. Not even allowed there during the war. A lot of people have long memories.
JIm B (Cloud)
Jim,
I heard this story many years ago whilst I was at sea, was sceptical about its authenticity at the time, thinking that Alfred Holt as a company could not do such a thing. But with you reiterating it here does make it more credible.
Makes one wonder ?
 

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Jim and Michael,

I too heard this tale, going to do some digging when I get home later this week and see if I can find the story....may make a new thread-or do we perhaps leave sleeping dogs lie?

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Allan
 

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Allan James said:
Jim and Michael,

I too heard this tale, going to do some digging when I get home later this week and see if I can find the story....may make a new thread-or do we perhaps leave sleeping dogs lie?

Regards

Allan

Allan,

Might be best for a peaceful life. (*))
 
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