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Tower Of Refuge, Douglas, Isle Of Man

Number of views as of 17th August 2014 = 1010.

Situated on Conister Rock ( or St Mary’s Rock) in Douglas Bay, the Tower Of Refuge was the idea of Sir William Hillary.

Hillary moved to the Isle of Man in 1808 and began to get to know the dangerous waters of the Irish Sea which surrounded Douglas Bay.

In 1824 he came up with the idea of a rescue boat service manned by a trained crew. The idea was new, but soon prompted the creation of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

When Hillary took part in a rescue for a Steam Packet vessel in Douglas Bay and was washed overboard, he realised the coast was too far to swim to, yet a place was needed for sailors to wait for rescue on Conister Rock.

So in 1832, the Tower of Refuge was built, a granite haven in the form of a small castle. It cost £254, of which Hillary himself contributed almost half. The tower was kept well stocked with fresh water and bread, ready to offer shelter from the weather and sea.

Date: 4th August 2009.

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The name RedHillDigital comes from the area where I live (Redhill, in the town of Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset on the South Coast of England), plus my interest in Digital photography.

My real name is Howard and I’m always pleased to receive feedback on my work.

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  • Anne Staub
    Anne Staubalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Thankyou very much Anne.

    – RedHillDigital

  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 5 years ago

    Awesome image

  • Many thanks Larry.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture Howard. x

  • Pleased you like it Irene, thanks.

    – RedHillDigital

  • David Smith
    David Smithalmost 5 years ago

    You certainly have the nose in finding the unusual Howard well taken Regards Dave.

  • Thanks very much Dave.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 5 years ago

    wonderful shot Howard.x

  • Thanks Catherine!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Good image and great information Howard …

  • Cheers Tom, many thanks, Howard.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 4 years ago

    I like the way the pier leads the eye out into the shot. Interesting place it seems from the information you added. Kasia

  • Thanks Kasia, I’m pleased you liked the composition. A bit of foreground interest always helps.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 4 years ago

    You are so right – I really like seascapes, etc. and am often tempted to go for the island or whatever but they can be so boring (my shots included, of course) if there is nothing to give that perspective or to lead the eye. Slàinte, Kasia

  • I know what you mean Kasia. It’s often worth spending a few minutes looking for that extra something to include in your shot like an overhanging tree or a few flowers or a jetty or whatever. Thanks for your comments.

    – RedHillDigital

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 4 years ago

    Chosen by Phil (sweeper).

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful capture and congratulations on your feature.

  • Many thanks Lynne.

    – RedHillDigital

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