History Talk - Heros & Heroines of the Mumbles Lifeboat Disasters 1883 & 1903
- Thursday, January 17, 2013
- SA3 4BA
- Oystermouth Historical Association presents an Illustrated Talk by Kate Jones at Ostreme Centre, Newton Road, Mumbles on Thursday 17th January 2013 at 7.40 pm which is entitled - Heroes Heroines of the Mumbles Lifeboat Disasters 1883 & 1903. Entry for guests and visitors is £2,00. Entry is free for members of Oystermouth Historical Association. Contact: John Powell 01792 52s540. For more details and over a hundred articles of Mumbles History and Memories, look at our website 'A History of Mumbles'.
Kate Jones has researched The Mumbles Lifeboat Disasters of 1883 and 1903 and found that in these two lifeboat disasters ten Mumbles lifeboatmen lost their lives.
She continued, 'In January 1883 the lifeboat was launched when a German barque was driven on to the rocks of Mumbles Head in a terrible storm. In 30-foot high waves, the crew of twelve and their coxswain rowed through Mumbles sound to the wrecked ship.
Villagers standing on Mumbles Hill watched in horror as the lifeboat, struck by the huge waves, repeatedly capsized until all of her crew were flung overboard. Some, despite their injuries, were able to swim to the islands and two were dragged from the sea by a gunner (from the lighthouse fort) and two daughters of the lighthouse keeper. Four men including two sons and a son-in-law of the coxswain were drowned.
Twenty years later six more brave men sacrificed their lives when on a Sunday afternoon in February 1903 the Mumbles lifeboat and crew of fourteen went to the aid of an Irish steamer aground at the entrance to Port Talbot harbour. Despite tremendous efforts by some of the lifeboat crew who went back into the rough sea to help their comrades and attempted rescues by a group of French seamen and the port harbourmaster, six lifeboatmen perished'.