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Kenfig - The Complete History
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Identified by The National Library of Wales Kenfig - The Complete History
A Welsh Documentary Heritage Website
Identified by The National Library of Wales

Documenting the entire history of the old kenfig borough / old bro cynffig


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Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource)

The Coast Section

Learn all aspects about the coastline around Kenfig & Porthcawl along the Bristol Channel to include Shipwrecks known to have occured along this part of the South Wales coastline (between Margam & Nash Point) from 1583 onwards; tales of smuggling, wrecking and looting of vessels throughout the centuries and the development of Porthcawl Harbour and Victorian seaside town.

Shipwrecks around Kenfig - from 1583

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Shipwrecks around Kenfig

Shipwrecks around Kenfig

Shipwrecks known to have occurred along the South Wales coastline between Margam and Nash Point from 1583 onwards are documented in this section. The listings outline tales where looting of their cargoes as well as some of the worst maritime disasters having occurred in the Bristol channel in living memory.
Shipwrecks around Kenfig since 1583
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Shipwrecks - The Samtampa Disaster

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Bow section of the Samtampa - 1947

The Samtampa Tragedy - 23 April 1947

Location: Sker Rocks
The Samtampa cargo ship with all 39 crew along with all 8 Lifeboatmen of Edward Prince of Wales Lifeboat from Mumbles perished on the rocks at Sker in attrocious weather conditions. The Samtampa was broken into three parts - the Mumbles Lifeboat found smashed and upside down on the rocks.
In Memory of all who perished on that fateful day
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Smuggling

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Smuggling around Kenfig

Smuggling & Looting

Allegations are sometimes made that the inhabitants of South Wales engaged in the sinister practice of wrecking - the deliberate luring of ships to their doom.
Traditionally this is said to have been done at night by tying lanterns to the horns of cattle, leading them back and forth along the shore or tying lanterns to grazing sheep.
Learn more about these practises
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Lighthouses

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Nash Point Lighthouses

Nash Lighhouses

The Nash Point Lighthouses have helped mariners to keep clear of the Nash Sands since the disaster of the paddle steamer Frolic in 1831.
The paddle steamer Frolic sank with the loss of all onboard on 16 March 1831 at Nash Sands, Porthcawl. As a direct result of this tradegy the Nash Lighthouses were constructed to guide vessels safely around the notorious Nash Sands.
Lighthouses around Kenfig
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Extract from Poem

Location Map || Porthcawl, Swansea Bay



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The Sker Crow

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Sker Beach - Sker Crow

The Sker Crow

Location: Sker Beach
A novel way to dispose of unwanted waste washed up on the beach - A Scare Crow made from old bits and pieces is located on the coast facing the sea. Do you know who created him? Let us know at Kenfig.org - we think this is a novel idea that warrants a mention.
Sker Beach... Beach clean up
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Acknowledgements ||

Bibliography

(1) Bridgend County Borough Council Library & Information Services
(2) Porthcawl Museum & History Society
(3) Kenfig History Society
(4) Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group

Webpage Author

(1) Mr Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2003-2010.
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