BLUE PLAQUES OF SWANSEA
This is the first in a series of short articles on the various blue plaques that are situated in Swansea and the surrounding area. These blue plaques are installed in public places, to commemorate a
link between the location and a famous person or event. It was the brainchild of William Ewart MP, in 1863. Swansea has 15 such plaques.
The first plaque we’ll look at is set in a wall at Mumbles Pier,
overlooking the lighthouse. It is in
recognition of the bravery of sisters Jessie Ace and Margaret Wright
(nee Ace) during a storm in 1883.
During a storm on Saturday 27th January 1883, the MumblesLifeboat,
the Wolverhampton was
launched in an attempted rescue of the German barque Prinz
Adalbert of Danzig, which was
stranded off the rocks at Mumbles Head.
The lifeboat was flipped over by the waves and the lifeboatmen were fighting for their lives.
Two men were dragged ashore by Jessie and Margaret
Ace, daughters of the lighthouse keeper Abraham
Ace. Sadly four of the lifeboat crew, John and William
McNamara and William Rogers lost
their lives during the rescue.
What became of
Jessie and Margaret? Jessie seems to
have disappeared. I couldn’t find out what happened to her – unless someone out there knows. Margaret married Charles
Wright in 1874, dying in 1933. They were immortalised in a poem, The Women of Mumbles Head
written by Clement Scott.
This year, marks the 70th anniversary of the Mumbles Lifeboat
Disaster of 1947, when all eight crew of the Edward, Prince of
Wales lost their lives in attempted rescue of the Samtampa, off