saga of my summer holiday, I bring you the spectacular and sprawling seaside city of SWANSEA! The city is situated in the shadow of seven hills along the inspirational coastline of the Gower Peninsula. The scenery is breathtaking and there's lots to do in the area - water skiing, golf, hang gliding, and pony trekking. I didn't get enough time there but do plan on returning some day!
In the 10th century, Scandinavians built a fort here and named the place after their leader, Swein. By the fourteenth century, the Welsh had established ship building and sea fishing traditions which would span succeeding centuries up until now.
If you're a regular reader here, you will recall that last week I wrote about Rhossili, which is part of Swansea's charm. All along the coast are more spectacular views of the Gower Peninsula, including the area called Mumbles.
From the pier in Mumbles, opposite the city of Swansea, I was able to capture a few photos.
Swansea Yacht Club building and below is the famous Mumbles Lifeboat Station, which officially opened in 1904. For over 170 years, the station and its crews have received 33 awards for gallantry although it has also witnessed tragedy when 18 lifeboat crew lost their lives saving others at sea.
speaking of saving lives, I'd like to tell you about Swansea Jack, a famous black retriever that rescued 27 people from the docks and riverbanks of Swansea. His first rescue, in June 1931, when he saved a 12-year-old boy went unreported. A few weeks later, this time in front of a crowd, Jack rescued a swimmer from the docks. His photograh appeared in the local paper and the local council awarded him a silver collar. In 1936, he had the prestigious "Bravest Dog of the Year" award bestowed upon him by the London Star newspaper. He received a silver cup from the Lord Mayor of London and he is still the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals (the canine V.C by the National Canine Defence League...The legend has it that in his lifetime he saved 27 people from the Docks/River Tawe. swansea Jack died in October 1937 after eating rat poison. His burial monument, paid for by public subscription, is located on the Promenade in Swansea near St. Helen's Rugy Ground. In 2000, Swansea Jack was named "Dog of the Century" by NewFound Friends of Bristol who train domestic dogs in aquatic rescue techniques. (from Wikipedia)
Supreme thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt, the founder and creator of ABC Wednesday and to her superb and stalwart second Roger, who is doing a slick job as he currently administers the site. Also, thanks to my friend Liz from "Finding Life Hard" who so generously played tour guide in Swansea by showing us its staggeringly striking stretches of sublime scenery!