Third lifeboat to serve Burry Port


Believed to be the only photographic record of the third lifeboat to serve Burry Port which was launched in June 1887. The 15-man crew of the “David Barclay of Tottenham” wore cork lifejackets and red caps. In the background is the base of the Copperworks stack. There was no Carmarthen Bay Power Station, for this was the Victorian era. But the lifeboat was following a fine tradition in Burry Port. The two previous lifecraft in the town had saved the lives of 34 people.

Transcript: The commissioning of the Burry Port Inshore Life-Boat Station on Saturday marks a full circle in the maritime history of Burry Port.

From the days of the wreckers, the men of the little hatchets, to the busy coal and tin trading Victorian era and on to the present boom in leisure persuits on the water, salt water has been the lifeblood of Burry Port.

It is fitting therefore that the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in their 150th year, should restore to Burry Port a lifecraft.

The commissioning ceremony is at Burry Port Harbour Boat House on Saturday at 3.30pm.

Burry Port Band will be in attendance and so too will be Burry Port Male Voice Choir, conducted by Mr D A Bowen and Mrs Madge Pryor respectively.

The order of service follows remarkably that of the last commissioning of a rescue boat in Burry Port in 1887, as is illustrated in the historical article on accompanying pages.

The R.N.L.I were approached by Coun. Herwood Phillips to establish a lifecraft in the town in 1965.

But Burry Port could at that time only be added to the priority list until it eventually came to the top.

The high incidence of tragedies in and around the town’s waters have heightened the need for a lifecraft in the town.