Visitors to Newport are now able to learn about some of the city’s Black sailors as they walk around the city.

HistoryPoints have put two new QR codes in the city which will provide users with historical information about the city's historical Black sailing community.

One of the codes is at the carpet shop on Charles Street, where visitors can find out about Tom Savage, an African sailor who settled in Newport in the 1900s.

Born in Sierra Leone, Mr Savage was a member of the Kru tribe. He moved to Newport in 1917 and worked as a fireman and trimmer on merchant ships.

 

The National Wales: Tom Savage was a sailor from Sierra Leone who settled in Newport. This picture originally appeared in the South Wales Argus in 1919 and 1940Tom Savage was a sailor from Sierra Leone who settled in Newport. This picture originally appeared in the South Wales Argus in 1919 and 1940

In 1921, he nearly died after being accidentally shot by a fellow seaman who picked up a loaded revolver. He went on to marry a woman called Maud Matilda Jones in 1933.

He died at the age of 49 in 1940 when his ship, the SS Cheldale, sank after colliding with the Greystoke Castle ship off the coast of Durban in South Africa.

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His last residence was the building which now houses a carpet shop. He is commemorated on both the Newport Merchant Navy Memorial and the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

You can learn more about him here.

The National Wales: AB Florists in Newport is the site of a former lodging house for sailors. It has a QR code for people to learn about the lodging houses and those who lived in themAB Florists in Newport is the site of a former lodging house for sailors. It has a QR code for people to learn about the lodging houses and those who lived in them

The second is located at the entrance to AB Florist which was the site of a seamen’s lodgings in Pillgwenlli. It was the first home of Mr Savage who stayed there when he first arrived in Newport.

A number of sailors who settled in the area stayed at the lodge at some point in their lives. It was close to the docks which was convenient for them, and most settled in Pill after moving on from the lodges.

The information was provided to HistoryPoints by Newport-based historian Rebecca Eversley-Dawes.

There are more than 2,000 of the QR codes across Wales which can be scanned by a smartphone and provide history of the particular place or landmark.

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