Y Gestiana, Porthmadog

Y Gestiana, 31 High Street, Porthmadog

UPDATE: This is now an archived page, since the pub has reverted to its original name, The Australia. Our page about the pub and Porthmadog's links to Australia is here.

Photo of Y Gestiana being launchedIn 1913, the year after the loss of RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage, the Porthmadog-built schooner Y Gestiana was also wrecked on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The crew of the cargo ship all made it safely to shore at Nova Scotia, Canada.

This pub and restaurant was given the ship’s name when it reopened in 2011 after refurbishment. Photographs inside show Y Gestiana under construction and other historic local scenes.

Y Gestiana was the name of an 1892 book on the history of nearby Borth-y-Gest by the writer, printer and pharmacist R Isaac Jones (1813-1905). The name was applied to a three-masted schooner, built in 1893, and again to the last ship built in Porthmadog.

Hundreds of sailing ships were built in the Traeth Mawr area and nearby Borth-y-Gest, many of them for transporting slates and other goods from ports in North-west Wales. You can discover more about the town's seafaring history at Porthmadog Maritime Museum, which kindly provided the images on this page.

The photo Photo of Miss Morris shipabove right shows Y Gestiana being launched at the David Williams shipyard, the final ship launch at Porthmadog. The painting on the left (courtesy of Dr John Jones-Morris) depicts Y Gestiana's sister ship, called Miss Morris.

This pub was previously called The Australia, and the bus stop outside was identified by the pub’s name. This sometimes gave rise to information about bus times indicating that the local bus was destined for “Australia”.

With thanks to Robert Cadwalader