Pilot and Pilot Boat Licences

Scope and Content

License to John Edwards, Mariner, to act as pilot for the port of Caernarfon from Y Felinheli and Moel-y-don. Also, a license to the ship or boat called Water Lily of Beaumaris as a pilot-boat within the limits of Beaumaris pilotage district.

Administrative / Biographical History

Before the construction of the Menai Bridge over the Menai Straits, there were several ferries operating between Anglesey and the main land, carrying foot passengers as well as livestock, to and fro.

According to H.R. Davies in his chapter on The Menai Ferries in An Inventory of Ancient Monuments in Anglesey, 1937, The Moelydon ferry, of later years, has borne the reputation of a safe and commodious ferry at which no lives had ever been lost. We are told, however, that upon a Saturday in December of 1710, the boat was sunk with 15 men and 10 horses on board; but the mishap occurred close to the shore and all apparently escaped.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, June 2003.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 14029-14030

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