Abercastle, North Pembrokeshire, Wales

Bob Culshaw

Westgate on Sea, United Kingdom

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A handheld 3 frame image of this lovely little village and harbour.


Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm EF-S USM lens @ 26mm. ISO 200, f11, 1/180sec. Shot in RAW at -2,0,+2 EV’s, tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.6 to create an HDR image and finished in CS4

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Abercastle (Welsh: Abercastell) is a village in the Welsh language speaking area of Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales. Abercastle has a working harbour which is managed by Abercastle Boat Owners Association. The harbour was the landing site of the first single handed atlantic sailing west to east in 1876 starting from Gloucester, Massachusetts by the Danish born fisherman, Alfred “Centennial” Johnson.

Alfred Johnson landed at Abercastle on Saturday, August 12, 1876 after sixty six days sailing from Gloucester Massachusetts, becoming the first person to make the single-handed Atlantic crossing. Johnson, a Danish born fisherman, used a small dory named ‘Centennial’. managed an average pace of about 70 miles (110 km) a day, quite respectable for such a small boat in the open sea, and survived a gale which capsized the boat.

A plaque made of Welsh Slate is located on the quay wall near the slipway and was unveiled by Alfred Johnson’s grandson, Charlie Dickman on October 17, 2003. Local author Rob Morris has also written a book about the crossing called Alfred “Centennial” Johnson. St Davids poet Tony Davies also dedicated the following to Alfred Johnson:

Sixty six days, three thousand miles,
Record breaking, Abercastle smiles,
Liverpool, trip complete,
The courage of Captain Johnson and Centennial’s feat.

Abercastle is an old trading harbour which exported local slate and grain, limestone, butter, honey, corn, and some coal. There are also the remains of nineteenth century limekilns.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Featured in ‘Art and Photography’ Group 4th August 2010

Featured in ‘Celtic Realm’ Group 15th August 2010


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