One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

Sunday, October 28, 2012

John Price Gronow

John Price Gronow was born in 1859 in Jericho, Dinas Pembrokeshire. Wales, the son of John Gronow & Elizabeth Price. born into a seafaring family John was called by the sea from an early age, as Henry Longfellow says "“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

John married Ann Williams on the 21st March 1882 at the Baptist chapel, Pontardawe, Swansea Glamorganshire. He died the 8th May 1935 at Spring Gardens, Dinas. Pembrokeshire. He is interred with his wife in Macapela Cemetery, Spring Hill. Dinas Cross. Pembrokeshire.

Of his life at sea, He rounded Cape Horn 48 times. Served in the copper ore trade in the brig 'Mary Sproat' of Swansea. The 'Inverness-shire' was dismasted in the Australian Bight but they reached Tasmania. In the wooden barque 'Marquis of Worcester' the coal cargo caught fire off the Horn; ship still on fire on arrival at Valparaiso in 1880. The coal caught fire in the 'Lodore' in 1898 on a passage from Barry to Vancouver, but they discharged at Buenos Aires and returned to Cardiff. On the 'Terpsichore' in 1917 the coal caught fire and she was towed into Rio all ablaze, but eventually repaired. Served on the 'Carnedd Llewellyn' just before she was lost. Served 50 years in sailing ships. Died 8 May 1935. Biography in 'S.Breezes' vol 19, 1934, p226].  Suffered greatly from hiraeth, took Welsh cakes with him which he did not eat, but liked to know they were there.

He was survived by 4 daughters, having lost his only son in 1891 & his wife in 1907.

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