About Barmouth Sailors' Institute
In a period when the sea-going trades around the British coasts were changing rapidly. The advancement of the railway into rural areas undermined the once lively coastal trade. However, seafarers from the remotest coastal areas did not forsake the sea but instead began to take up berths on deep sea ships sailing from the larger ports such as London, Hull, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool and Cardiff.
The majority of their families remained in their native communities where, in the past they had been able to observe the seaborne movements of their menfolk on local voyages. In order that they could continue to trace the new voyages, many seamen's institutes came into existence, not just as a meeting place but also where the Lloyds List and Shipping Gazette were available for consultation. From these, the families could trace the lengthy voyages which could last up to two years.