Friday, 25 November 2016


As far as I can tell, none of the following nautical images has appeared previously in Rhyl Life.

Perversely we start with an item that may not be Rhyl. Certainly we had plenty of pleasure boats like this 'City of Birmingham', I'm just not sure the pier is Rhyl's. Anyway, the postcard is circa 1900:


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Above is a card postmarked 1905. The painting is by Warren Williams (1863-1918); far right would be the toll bridge that preceded the present Foryd Bridge.
Mr. Williams produced work elsewhere in North Wales including Conwy, Llandudno and Snowdonia.

These two show in the foreground the remains of the ship 'City of Ottawa' which came aground before World War 1. The colour card is postmarked 1906, the other is from early 1930s:

Prince Leopold

Above is the PS (paddle steamer) Rhosneigr previously named Prince Leopold. The Rhosneigr paddled cheerfully in and out of Rhyl during the 1906-1907-1908 summer seasons until wrecked near Rhos-on-Sea and the Little Orme on 20th July 1908.

Now for a couple of rare shots of Rhyl harbour and estuary from 1920s -

L. S. Lowry made this sketch of the harbour in 1925 -

Here, a night shot of the present Foryd Bridge in its pre-blue days:

Below: an amateur snapshot from the 1960s:

Next is an unposted card. What shall we say for this  1980s?  

A comparatively recent composition by Rhyl photographer Jo Jenner:

Foryd Harbour is where the township of Rhyl began and where the present wave of regeneration started in 2013 with Pont y Ddraig, the new swing bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.
Copyright in the following photo belongs to

Foryd Harbour Rhyl

Regeneration continues at long last across the road from the harbour, on the former Ocean Beach Fun Fair site. Further east our Sun Centre is being replaced by something more up-to-date.
The harbour and promenade must be kept shipshape. The seafront, as far as the outside world is concerned, is Rhyl.

THU 12th OCT 2017 UPDATE: Just arrived here at Jones Towers - an undated shot of boats for pleasure/fishing near the harbour.