Welcome to this history and tribute site for Barry Merchant Seamen. Our concern is the lack of recognition given to those in the Merchant Navy for their work, particularly during the World Wars. We are interested in the port of Barry (in South Wales, UK), once a major coal exporting facility, and the way that had an impact on the town's seamen, resulting in their disproportionately high casualty rate.
There will be an exhibition/display, arranged by local military historian Dr Jonathan Hicks, looking at various aspects of Barry in the Second World War. It will be in the Arts Central hall of the town library during September, from the 12th to the 26th.
Our own David Simpson (and friends) will also have a presence in the town library from Monday 21st September until 17 October. Drop in to say hello and sign the petition asking for a Barry Museum.
Latest changes (30 September 2009):
- Added display and petition page with a picture of our display at the town library.
- Major change to the site's file structure. Some existing bookmarks may fail.
Added section for notable Seamen and page for the SS Philipp M. Added website map.
- Expanded the Merthy Dyfan Cemetery page and added local download links for the tour booklets.
- Added notice of WW2 display at Arts Central (Barry Library Ehhibition Hall) during September 2009, and a notice for National MN day, 2009. Reformatted "Articles" page.
What else is on this site
- Contents page includes:
Pages not here yet but planned...
- Liberty ships and the "Sam..." names.
- The SS Anglo Saxon.
- Why convoys?
- Non convoyed (independent) ships.
- Barry docks - growth and decline.
- Contributor biographies (brief!).
- Book list.