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PROPOSED LIFEBOAT STATION AT BARRY. MEMORIAL IN PREPARATION. GENEROSITY OF MR. JOHN CORY. The provision of lifeboats and life-saving appli- ances on the coast of Glamorganshire is generally recognised as utterly insufficient for the needs of so frequented a water-way as the Bristol Channel, there being no lifeboat between the Mumbles and Porthcawl, nor between the latter place and Penarth. Recent events, as the loss of the Leo- nore and the stranding of the Drumblair, have served to concentrate attention upon the deficiency, and to emphasise the fact that it is an imperative duty to remedy the evil which is so conclusively proved to exist. The greatest need is that of addi- tional lifeboats, but that is not the only need, for there should be a considerable addition made to the rocket apparatus, and other life-saving appli- ances. A movement is on foot, and this probably may be accepted as a first step, for securing an additional lifeboat to be placed on this coast a memorial to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution having been drawn up, pointing out the necessity of having a boat stationed in the neighbourhood of Barry. The memorial, which has already been brought before a few local firms, is in the hands of Mr. Symonds (of Wilson and Symonds, West Bute-street, Car- diff). and will no doubt be submitted for addi- tional signatures durihg- the next few days. It points out that whereas the Penarth or Porthcawl lifeboat could not proceed in time to be of service between Lavernock Point and Nash Point, a boat at Barry would be able to get away at all states of the tide, and to reach any part of that stretch of coast. The Penarth boat, it remarks, has great difficulty in getting round Lavernock Point ex- cept at slack waters—top of the tide or dead low -on account of the strong tide and heavy irace prevailing there, and the memorial proceeds to instance cases where, on vessels being observed flying signals of distress in Barry Roads, the difficulty of bringing round the lifeboat has been experienced—particularly one case where such signals were noticed by the coastguard at day- break, and it was three o'clock in the afternoon before the Penarth boat was seen rounding the Point to render help. Reference is made also to the recent loss of three lives by the capsizing of a boat off Barry. As many as 30 or 40 steamers shelter in Barry Roads at one time, and during 13 months 1706 steamers and 539 sailing vessels entered the dock. The Roads, too. are the high- way from all ports to the East, and are described as fairly entitled to the appellation of The Downs of the Bristol Channel. The memorial is co,refully drawn, and the facts adduced constitute an incontestable argument in favour of the object in view. The chief point which the proposal to establish a lifeboat at Barry brings into prominence is the inadequacy of the funds of the Lifeboat Institution; and iu regard to this it has to be pointed out that Cardiir' and the district are very backward in sup- port to the institution. Relatively to its size, and especially in view of the great extent of shipping interest that centre in that port, Cardiff is sadly remiss in the matter of subscriptions, and when the memorial asking for better provision of life- saving appliances on the Glamorgan coast has been presented, a very fair retort on the part of the Institution would be that this prosperous part of the coHUtry should be a little more liberal in contributions to the general fund. The memorial has been well received, there being general agreement as to the necessity existing for the stationing of a lifeboat at Barry. The Dock Company would, without doubt, aid in accom- plishing the object in view. helping to find the most suitable position for placing the boat. Nor would the Current expense of maintenance prove any great hindrance in the way. What has to be done is to iwhice the Institution to place a boat at Barry, and a most effective means to this end would be, concurrently with the memorial, to present promises of additional subscriptions to the general fund. We »re authorised to state that should a movement be practically initiated for raising a new local subscription list, Mr John Cory, J.P., will make a contribution of C20 per annum and, in relation to the Iresent necessity, it is satisfactory to find that, largdy owing to the influence of the same gentlemai, there is prospect of Barry very ¡ soon having a li'e-boat station. A Wesleyan com- mittee has been-aising funds to present to the in- stitution a boat;o be called "John Wesley," and Mr J. Cory, haviig been a contributor to this, has a voice in the pbing of the boat. The Mersey has been mentioned, hd Clovelly has also been named, as places whereat he new boat should be stationed but if the local mmorial be promptly and influen- tially signed, and specially if it be supported by a generous support of the institution funds, the claims of the Glaiorgan coast will certainly be admitted as strongr than those of any other part. The arguments of toe memorial are so strong as to be quite conclusive the difficulty has been one of finance only, and th; is overcome by the operation f of the Wesleyan connittee in finding the cost of the new boat^ = -=-- =--=--







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