The Mumbles Lifeboat Station
The Mumbles Lifeboat Station (based in Mumbles, Swansea, Wales) opened in 1835 with a lifeboat that was funded and managed by Swansea Harbour Trustees and was known as Swansea Lifeboat Station. The station was taken over by the RNLI in 1863 and moved to Mumbles in 1866. The station only officially became The Mumbles Lifeboat Station in 1904.
|The Mumbles Lifeboat Station|
New Mumbles Lifeboat Station, opened in 2014
|Type||RNLI Lifeboat Station|
|Location||Pier Road, Mumbles, Swansea, UK. SA3 4EN|
|Opened||1835 (taken over by RNLI - 1863)|
|Owner||Royal National Lifeboat Institution|
When the station first opened, it did not have a boathouse and the lifeboat was stored under the cliffs. In 1866 the first boathouse was built and it was replaced with a larger boathouse when a replacement lifeboat needed more room. A slipway was constructed for launching the lifeboat in 1888 and in 1897, Mumbles Railway and Pier Company constructed a new slipway for the RNLI at no cost to the institution. Another new slipway was built in 1916 and it was extended and had alterations made to it in 1922.
During a gale on Saturday, 27 January 1883, a German barque Admiral Prinz Aldabert was driven on to rocks near the Mumbles lighthouse. Wolverhampton went out to assist and was washed on to rocks. The lifeboat broke up and four crew drowned and other members missing or seriously injured.
The D-class lifeboat is the main workhorse of the station, being used for more than 60% of the callouts. In 2014 a new Tamar class lifeboat entered service at The Mumbles, temporarily based at Swansea Marina while a new, larger, boathouse and slipway were constructed on the end of Mumbles pier. In 2015 and 2016, Mumbles was the busiest station in Wales, launching 83 times.
All weather boats
|Dates in service||Class||ON||Op. No.||Name|
|1863–1866||10 oared boat||Martha and Anne|
|1883–1898||34ft Self-Righter||ON 229||Wolverhampton (replacement)|
|1898–1900||34ft Self-Righter||ON 173||Reserve No.5|
|1900–1903||35ft Self-Righter||ON 436||James Stevens No. 12|
|1903–1905||37ft Self-Righter||ON 265||Quiver No.1|
|1905–1924||43ft Watson-class||ON 535||Charlie Medland|
|1924–1947||45ft Watson-class||ON 678||Edward, Prince of Wales|
|1947–1974||46ft 9in Watson-class||ON 849||William Gammon - Manchester and District XXX|
|1974–1985||47ft Watson-class||ON 940||Pentland (Civil Service No. 31)|
|1985–2006||Tyne-class||ON 1096||47-005||The Ethel Anne Measures|
|2006–2014||Tyne-class||ON 1127||47-019||Babs & Agnes Robertson|
|2014–present||Tamar-class||ON 1307||16-27||Roy Barker IV|
- "Mumbles Lifeboat - History". Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Severe Gale And Loss Of Life". The Cornishman (238). 1 February 1883. p. 5.
- "BBC News: Wales: Tribute for 1947 Mumbles disaster". Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "RNLI crews saved 73 lives at sea during 2016". BBC News. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2019.