WEST SHORE BOATING
This is Llandudno's quiet west
shore with the Pen Morfa Hotel that
closed down at the end of the 2006 season and is being rebuilt as
residential accommodation. Pen Morfa was built in 1862 as a
holiday home by Dean Liddell, the father of Alice Liddell, of 'Alice in
Wonderland' fame. At the head of the boating pool is a delicate
stone statue of the white rabbit unveiled in 1933 by the Rt. Hon. David
Lloyd George O.M., the former Prime Minister and MP for Caernarvon.
The pool was built in 1896 for regattas with
On Sunday afternoon, April 24th 2005, there were several excellent
When I was a lad one trimmed the sails and
just hoped it didn't get becalmed!
Today they are radio controlled and probably
fitted with an auxiliary engine!
This power boat was moving nicely but the lad
in charge was keeping close to land.
The star attraction was the naval presence
with two fine ships.
From the Merchant Navy, a superb 1 in 72 scale model of the
Atlantic Conveyor, she was one of the ships requisitioned for the
Falklands Campaign and was sunk on May 28th 1982 off the Falklands
coast near San Carlos with the loss of 12 men but also 22 helicopters
and 3,000 tons of aircraft spares. The model is 10ft 3ins long and
weighs 310 lbs. It is powered by a 12 volt motor using four car
batteries and will run for 24 hours with a speed of three knots.
From the Royal Navy came HMS Victorious built 1937 and
commissioned 1941. It was completely rebuilt in 1957 but destroyed by
fire during a refit in 1968. This fine model is 12ft
long and built to
a scale of 1 in 75 it weighs 396 lbs. It is powered by two 12 volt
through four propellers and using four car batteries. It will
run for 16 hours with a speed of three knots.
Roy Grainger of Deganwy, the owner and
builder of both these fine models
doesn't mind getting his feet wet as he prepares to haul his
vessel out of the water,
as the swans prepare to guard their teritory.
The owner hauls
his ships out of the water on carrying trolleys