This tragic story is rumoured to happen all over Wales including Barry. An old man and his wife would set up false lights to lure ships onto rocks so they could steal good from the shipwrecks.
One night during a bad storm, the couple learned of a sailing ship heading in from the West and went out as usual to set up their lights and returned to bed. The following morning, they went down to the coast and saw that the lights had worked and the ship and most of the crew had died that night smashed on the rocks. The old man could see a sailor half dead, rolling in the waves.
The old man took a rock and smashed the sailor over the head, to make sure there were no survivors. But when he turned the body over to search the man’s pockets, he found his much-loved son, a boy who had gone to sea several years ago.