PORT EYNON LIFEBOAT DISASTER
1 JANUARY 1916
Port Eynon on the Gower coast to the west of Swansea, South Wales had been a quarrying, farming and oyster fishing village for generations.
Then in January 1883 the villagers witnessed the wreck of the steamship Agnes Jack. The storm was so bad that no boat could get to the wreck and the rocket lines failed to reach her. All hands were drowned. The witnesses were so moved that they immediately asked for a lifeboat to be stationed there. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution acted swiftly and the lifeboat, named A Daughter's Offering, arrived the following year. This boat performed nine rescues and saved 25 lives.
In 1906 a new lifeboat named JANET arrived. She was specially built with a shallow draught for launching on the flat beach. The JANET made just three rescues in which 15 lives were saved.
Then on 1 January 1916 the JANET launched to the steamship DUNVEGAN, of Glasgow, which had anchored in Oxwich Bay with engine trouble. A heavy westerly gale was blowing and there was every chance of the ship dragging ashore onto the rocks at Pennard. The JANET stood by the ship but her crew did not wish to leave trusting in the anchors. As the lifeboat turned for home she was capsized twice drowning Coxswain Billy Gibbs, second coxswain William Eynon and lifeboatman George Harry.
This new book has been published to mark the centenary of the disaster.
It is beautifully printed on art paper and contains photographs in black and white, sepia and full colour.
It has a full colour laminated cover.
50 pages, size 21 x 20 cm.
Chapters: Shipwrecks near Port Eynon 1805 - 1883
The Great Gale of January 1883
Lifeboat A Daughter's Offering
Later Shipwrecks 1916 to the present day
In Memoriam - Poem by Charles Bevan describing the wreck of the Agnes Jack in 1883
To obtain your copy please send a cheque for £ 7.50 , payable to R.C. SMITH,
to 25 Kelvinbrook, WEST MOLESEY. Surrey KT8 1RU
If you prefer the book is listed on eBay where you can pay using Paypal.
If you live in the Swansea area then you may purchase your copy at:
Cover to Cover, Mumbles
The Lamplighter, Bishopston
National Trust Visitor Centre, Rhossili
Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill