We were mulling over this thread in the Royal Oak, Ystrad Mynach earlier tonight. A quick head count revealled that in the bar of this ex mining village, 17 mile from Kairdif Bay, at least 4 regulars had required the services of the RNLI in recent years.
In three cases due to their own (admitted) stupidity in small boats.
The songs/ballards were written to the taste of the time, time and linguistic changes will ensure that they alter, or end up as historical interest only.
But don't knock the intent, wether it be to comemorate/ celebrate the raw courage of the crews, or to raise funds to continue the service.
Next time the collector rattles the collecting tin in front of you, GIVE one day it may be you they are looking for !!
US of A Catters - donations to the RNLI may be made through the British, or Republic of Eire embasseys.
(Yes this Institute covers the whole of the British Isles)