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  • Janet 1916 - ‘Brewed specially to commemorate the Port Eynon Lifeboat disaster’
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    Chris Mabbett

Janet 1916 - ‘Brewed specially to commemorate the Port Eynon Lifeboat disaster’

Janet 1916

To mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster Gower Brewery have produced a commemorative brew and gift pack.

Here’s a little history:


On New Year’s Day 1916 the Port Eynon lifeboat, Janet, launched at 11.45am to the aid of the SS Dunvegan which was in difficulties in Oxwich Bay. The storm force conditions were described as the worst in living memory. On completion of the service, the Janet attempted to return to Port Eynon but huge waves capsized her twice and three crew were lost, Coxswain William (Billy) Gibbs, second coxswain William Eynon and George Harry.

With their oars and mast gone, the then survivors drifted through the night until making shore in Mumbles at daybreak, after more than twenty hours at sea in atrocious conditions.

A memorial statue of a lifeboat man was placed outside St Cattwg’s Church in Port Eynon, as a tribute to the brave three. It remains standing there 100 years on, its gaze forever searching seaward.

Crew of the Janet on January 1st 1916:

Coxswain William (Billy) Gibbs, 2nd Coxswain William Eynon, George Harry Capt. George Eynon, William Harris, William Grove Snr, William Grove Jnr, Onslow Grove John Jenkins, James Jenkins, Leonard Jenkins, William Howell, John (Jack) Moirris.

Gift packs are available from;

Kings Head, Llangennith
Greyhound Inn, Oldwalls
Ship Inn, Port Eynon
Horton/Port Eynon Lifeboat Station
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    Chris Mabbett

Comments on this post ( 1 )

  • Dec 29, 2016

    An excellent bottle of beer, very moving report of the tragedy. I thank all lifeboat crews for their skill and dedication, and hope that I never need to call upon their services, however I don`t mind calling on the services of this excellent brewery. Thank you. Geoff Moore, Leicester.

    — Geoff the Engraver

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