Lord Rhondda’s remarkable daughter…

November 3, 2011

I somehow don’t think it is sustainable for me to write about the project daily, so my few followers, don’t worry – I am not going to continually bombard you…  But I did think that you might like to hear a little about Lord Rhondda’s daughter…

Isn’t she cute?

I don’t suppose anyone would have been able to imagine that this little girl would grow up to have such an extraordinary set of life experiences.  She become a Suffragette, invite the Pankhursts to speak in Newport and was imprisoned for setting fire to the contents of a post box on Risca Road!  In one particularly dramatic incident, she was on board the Luisitania when it was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in May 1915.  Of the 1924 people aboard, 1119 died.  Luckily, our plucky little heroine was fished from the freezing waters and survived.

But why destroy the ‘greyhound of the sea’?  Apart from the fact that the ship was incredibly famous and therefore a perfect target, the British Admiralty had secretly been involved in her design and she was prepared for ‘war service’.  This meant the installation of guns on her decks... Not quite Cunard Cruising then!

It have to admit that I am loving where this search is leading me!  Hurrah for Llanwern.  Hurrah for Lord R’s remarkable daughter.


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