Trinity House Buoy Yard at Swansea proceeds Black Nore Light House
Event - 28 August 2019
Tour to Trinity House Buoy Yard
By invitation of Dan Maskell, Manager of the Trinity House Buoy Yard at Swansea we have organised a
coach tour to the area. On the 28th of August 2019, our Coach leaves from the Mill Road bus stop on
Wyndham Way at 8am and returns about 6pm. As we will be travelling in an industrial area and on board a
ship, sensible shoes and clothing are recommended.
Tickets must be bought in advance for £25 pp and all proceeds go to maintenance of Black Nore Lighthouse
We will first visit our twin East Usk lighthouse in the Newport Bird Sanctuary across the Channel. There we will be greeted by the Jeff Neale, chairman of Newport Harbour Commissioners, for a brief talk about the Lighthouse.
Together our Lighthouses mark the Nore, or the dividing line between the Sea and the River. The Lighthouse will be a ten-minute walk through the sanctuary along an unpaved footpath.
Our next visit will be to the food court at McArthur Glen in Bridgend where we will stop for lunch. The food
court has a variety of fast food outlets and tables for dinning. Those who wish to bring their own lunches may do so.
The journey continues on to Swansea to visit the Trinity House Buoy Yard. Trinity House services the
Buoys in the Severn Channel on a regular basis by lifting them out of the water and bringing them back to
Swansea for testing and refurbishment. Manager Dan Maskell will give us a guided tour and explain the
process. The buoys are first cleaned of barnacles and the steel work decay is welded back to its original
state. The buoys are then sand blasted and repainted, the batteries and solar panels are serviced and the
transmitters are tested and calibrated. Dan will then take us on board the buoy tender THV Galatea.
On the return journey we stop at the site of the Roman Port of Caerleon where our local historian John
Thomas will guide us around the museum and Roman Baths and Amphitheatre and explain the link with
Portishead. The Romans mined lead in the Mendips and brought it through Portbury and the Port at the head of the creek, Portishead, where it was then transported over to Caerleon, and from there distributed out to the Roman Empire.
In all an interesting and entertaining day.
Call Bill Shier to book your place 01275 817917