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Lynx

Above is the paddle steamer ‘Lynx’, pictured in the newly-opened South Dock in 1859, having been acquired by Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot that same year for conversion into a luxury steam yacht. Built in 1853 by William Denny & Bros. of Dumbarton for the Glasgow-Belfast run, the ‘Lynx’ remained in the Talbot family’s ownership until consigned to the breakers yard in 1887.
 

C R M Talbot's lifetime passion was sailing and, as well as the paddle yacht ‘Lynx’, he owned several racing yachts including the ‘Galatea’, the ‘Guilia’ and the ‘Capricorn’. He became a member of the prestigious Royal Yacht Club (later the Royal Yacht Squadron) in 1823, and was elected Vice Commodore from 1851 - 1861.
 

 It was aboard the ‘Lynx’, along with family members and honoured guests, that C R M Talbot attended the grand opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Then in 1881, for the opening of Swansea’s new Prince of Wales Dock, he had the privilege of conveying the Prince and Princess of Wales aboard the ‘Lynx’ from Corporation Quay to the lock entrance of the new dock, where Prince Edward performed the official opening ceremony.
 

As well as being a prominent figure in dock and railway development in South Wales, C R M Talbot also served an unprecedented 59 years as the Liberal MP for Glamorgan, and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Glamorgan in 1848. He died in January 1890 at 87 years of age.
 

Note:- We thank the Port Talbot Historical Society for the use of the photos above and below.

 

The above photo of the crew of the luxury steam yacht ‘Lynx’ was sent to us by Ann Thomas, whose great (x2) grandfather, Thomas Jones, is pictured in the centre of the middle row complete with distinguished white beard. Thomas Jones was born around 1821/1822, and is known to have worked as a shipwright from 1861 to 1871 and as a ship’s carpenter in 1881, and then as a shipwright again in 1891 at the time of his death. Ann believes this photo was taken around the time of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 where C M R Talbot was in attendance aboard the ‘Lynx’, together with family members and other honoured guests.
 

Thomas Jones lived in No. 2, Captains’ Row, Taibach, near Port Talbot, and was known locally as ‘The Captain’, possibly because of his role as a crew member of the ‘Lynx’, or maybe because he lived in that particular street. 

 


 

Above Agreement

The above agreement contains the conditions covering home trade voyages. It also has spaces for the Master or Owner to write in their own conditions. Below are the conditions inserted by the Master or Owner.
 

Voyage cruising United Kingdom
 

Crew to provide provisions for three months.
 

The clothes (uniforms) to be considered the property of the owner and to be worn as the Master may direct, and all the cost to be born by the crew, and any member of the crew being not acceptable to be discharged in any port or ports in the UK.

 

Below are the particulars of engagement and a printed list of all the crew
 

 

 

LAST SHIP

PLACE OF SIGNING

NO.

NAME

D.O.B.

TOWN

DATE

NAME

DATE

PLACE

 1

W F Smith Capt

1848

Glamorganshire

 

Same ship

05/08/81

Swansea

 2

E J Kidley

25

Colchester

1881

?

05/08/81

Do

 3

Matthew Taylor

44

Mumbles

1880

?

05/08/81

Do

 4

David Timothy

54

Mumbles

1880

?

05/08/81

Do

 5

Herbert Lloyd

44

Mumbles

1881

?

05/08/81

Do

 6

W Kidley

28

Colchester

1881

Griffin C.Yacht

05/08/81

Do

 7

G D Peebles

28

Scotland

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

 8

James Forrest

35

Putney?

 

First ship

05/08/81

Do

 9

Charles Michael

60

Mumbles

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

10

William F Fox

24

Swansea

1881

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

11

William J Jones

40

Clovelly

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

12

Thomas Jones

59

Bristol

1881

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

13

David Hughes

45

Clovelly

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

14

William Griffiths

37

Gower

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

15

W Williams

32

Mumbles

1881

Thought

05/08/81

Do

16

John Blake

36

Mumbles

1880

?

05/08/81

Do

17

Charles Rogers

25

Mumbles

1881

?

05/08/81

Do

18

William Jenkins

25

Mumbles

1881

?

05/08/81

Do

19

Edward Williams

49

Haywood?

1880

Lynx

05/08/81

Do

20

DavidMcNamara

49

Mumbles

1880

Lynx

05/08/81

Do

21

John Michael

40

Mumbles

1881

Dawn SS

05/08/81

Do

22

William Thomas

22

Mumbles

1881

?

05/08/81

Do

23

Samuel Gammon

25

Mumbles

1881

Francis Mary

05/08/81

Do

24

T J McNamara

41

Mumbles

1881

H Dawson SS

05/08/81

Do

25

Samuel Morgan

35

Britton Ferry

1881

Morfa SS

05/08/81

Do

26

David Francis

24

Clovelly

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

27

Thomas Jones

23

Clovelly

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

28

Dan Thomas

43

Clovelly

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

29

John Thomas

31

Clovelly

1880

Two Brothers

05/08/81

Do

30

Thomas Williams

22

Clovelly

1880

First ship

05/08/81

Do

31

John Morgan

29

Port Talbot

1880

Lynx RYS

05/08/81

Do

32

John Parker

47

Swansea

1881

Edgemoor?

05/08/81

Do

Below are Particulars of discharge

 

Below crews numbers on the Articles and their positions aboard ship
 

1 Master 17 AB
2 Mate 18 AB
3 Boatswain 19 AB
4 Coxswain 20 AB
5 Quartermaster 21 AB
6 1st Steward 22 AB
7 2nd Steward 23 AB
8 1st Cook 24 AB
9 2nd Cook 25 Fireman
10 Sail Maker ? 26 Fireman
11 ? 27 Fireman
12 Carpenter 28 Fireman
13 1st Engineer 29 Fireman
14 2nd Engineer 30 Fireman
15 AB 31 Assistant Fireman
16 AB 32 AB
 

Below Particulars of Voyage :- Cruising the coast of England

 

Our thanks to Ann Thomas for providing us with the above documentation
 

 The original photograph of the crew of the Lynx was contributed to Ann Thomas by
 Mrs. Joan Krzyzek (otherwise known as Joan Cross) . She is the grand-daughter x 1 of Thomas Jones.

 

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