SOME PHOTOGRAPHS of the MUMBLES LIFEBOAT CREW
Mumbles Crew at New York in 1979. They took part in the International Lifeboat Races as part of the New York Harbour Festival. They got through to the final but were beaten by a crew of 21 year olds from a Sea School.
Stroke side (nearest camera left to right: Alan 'Tudy' Jones, Carl Smith, Arthur Eynon, Derek Scott
Bow side (further from camera) David 'Fred' Allen, Edward Beynon (station honorary secretary), Tony Lewis, Bob Garner.
The cox was Gary Ridd who definitely had the most difficult task steering with an oar.
July 1958. William J. Davies with pocket handkerchief, presented with a certificate of service on his retirement from the crew. He had been second coxswain.
Left to right: Capt Clarence Mock (Hon.Sec. 1961-73), Harry Jeffery, Herman J. Kluge (Hon Sec 1943-55), Capt E.H. Slater (Hon Sec 1955 -61), Jack Gammon (mechanic 1947-71), William J. Davies, his son William 'Billy' H. Davies (second coxswain) and Derek Scott coxswain. William J. Davies was very well known in Mumbles as "Auntie Minnie" Though not to his face!
Christmas Launch. Not sure which year this was. Each year the Mumbles Lifeboat would visit the crews of the Helwick and Scarweather Lightships. This was done on the Saturday before Christmas. We took out the days newspapers, fresh milk and the Chaplain of the Missions to Seamen who had a tape recorded carol service! One year we took out a new T.V. The swell made it important to time the hand over just right! As the boat did just 8 knots this was an all day trip. A christmas tree tied to the mast of the William Gammon.
In photo left to right: Gordon Bevan last bowman at Mumbles, coxswain Derek Scott, chaplain of Missions to Seamen and Carl Smith. Why does this chap keep popping up in the photos? Because he kept them! How time flies.
This photo was taken in 1972.
In front are Brian Jeffery and Graham Wright
Centre: Harry Jeffery, George Parsons,Coxswain Derek Scott, and Vivian Evans.
Back: Carl Smith, Peter Algie and Gary Ridd.
The lifeboat is William Gammon Manchester and District XXX
Family connections are often very strong in lifeboat crews. Brian Jeffery is Harry's son and cousin of Vivian Evans.
George Parsons (a direct descendant of Mumbles first coxswain Jenkin Jenkins) father -in-law of Gary Ridd.
Peter Algie is a nephew of Derek Scott's wife Pat.
Carl Smith a great nephew of Robert Smith who was one of the six members of the crew who were drowned at Port Talbot in 1903.
I have just received this photo from Kate Elliott who is writing a new history of the Mumbles Station. Gary Ridd, who has a large collection of photos of his time in the crew, loaned it to Kate. Taken in about 1975.
Front row: Billy Davies 2nd coxn, George Parsons, Huw Mathias, Gary Ridd, Harry Jeffery.
Middle: Dai Cope, Derek Scott coxswain, Brian Jeffery, Tom Tucker, Mike Blewett, Tony Lewis, David "Fred" Allen, David Hoskins.
Back row: Norman Spring, ?, Carl Smith, Arthur Eynon, Vivian Evans, David Palmer and Graham Wright.