National Geographic : 1965 Jun
used to fill the harbor are all gone. It is sad to see the romance go out of a port from which or there abouts, it is said, a Welsh prince sailed to America 300 years before Columbus. His name was Madoc or Madog ap (son of) Owen Gwynnedd. It is hard to check on these things. I got hold of a cabbie, this one named Bill Jones, on the prin ciple that if you want to know anything about a small town, see the oldest taxi driver there. Mr. Jones would allow no doubts. The famous Welsh prince sailed to America in the 1170's, he averred. He sailed with ten ships, but he never returned. "How can you be so sure?" I asked. "Peculiar things have been found in America. I have read that there are Welsh-speaking Indians someplace, going back before the white men came. It's away up the Missouri River. They call them White Indians. It says in the book I read that they fish with coracles, and they pull the little skin-covered coracle with one oar, like a spade. That's just what we do here in Wales to this day. "Prince Madoc came in by the Gulf of Mexico and sailed up the Mississippi River. That was his "An immense skein of silk," wrote the Englishman George Borrow of Pistyll Rhaiadr, "agitated and disturbed by tem pestuous blasts." The cascade, one of the seven wonders of Wales, tumbles 240 feet over a precipice, under a natural arch, and into a quiet pool. Sheer cliff of Carreg Wastad, or Flat Crag, training ground for Mount Everest, tests the most skillful of rock climbers. High above the Llanberis Pass, mountaineers work their way up the wall. Members of the British Everest Expedition practiced here before their triumphal ascent in 1953, re counted in NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC, July, 1954. EKTACHROME(OPPOSITE)AND KODACHROME 744 BY THOMASNEBBIA ©N.G .S .