Call for memories of 1916 Gower lifeboat disaster
An appeal has gone out for memories of Gower lifeboat disaster in 1916.
On New Year’s Day 1916 the brave men of Port Eynon lifeboat answered a distress call from the SS Dunvegan. It had suffered engine failure and was driven onto the rocks near Pennard as the “worst storm in living memory” raged all around.
During the daring rescue attempt the lifeboat, Janet, capsized twice and tragically three members of the crew, including the coxswain and second coxswain, lost their lives.
Now the community at Port Eynon is being asked to come forward with any memories of the disaster for a special RNLI podcast that will be part of a 2014–2018 national touring exhibition, Hope in the Great War.
Through six RNLI rescues, including Port Eynon’s, the exhibition will honour the bravery of the volunteers who risked their lives to save others by crewing the charity’s lifeboats during the First World War.
Rebecca Fletcher, RNLI Heritage Project Co-ordinator, said: “The newspapers of the time reported that it was the worst storm in living memory and we have all chatted about how cold it must have been for them once they had capsized twice and then had to huddle in the lifeboat until daybreak knowing three of their friends had been lost.
“We’d love to hear from anyone with family memories of this service, to ensure its true essence is captured.
“Photos and artefacts will also be welcome, and there may be an opportunity for them to feature in the exhibition itself.”
To contact Rebecca with any information, please call her on 01202 511294 or email her at Rebecca_Fletcher@rnli.org.uk .