Welsh Interlude

I am a fan of traditional music, especially that of the British Isles. With their history and culture intertwined with the sea, it is no surprise to find many tunes and songs that have maritime themes.

One of my favorite Welsh songs is “Llongau Caernarfon” (Ships of Caernarfon). I first heard the Ar Log version many moons ago on NPR’s “Thistle & Shamrock” program. The song is about a lad who is at the harbor watching the sailing ships taking on cargo and getting ready to sail. He wants to be a sailor and longs to go to sea on board one of them.

“Toc daw’r stemar bach i’w towio…”

Steam tug 'Ben More' on the Thames
National Maritime Museum: Steam tug ‘Ben More’ on the Thames

“Shortly, a small steamer (tug) comes to tow them…”

For anyone looking for information related to Welsh maritime history, this excellent site (focus on north Wales) is a good place to start:

Hysbysrwydd Arforol Gwynedd / Gwynedd Maritime Database


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