Whitehaven Marina

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Looking South-West over Whitehaven Marina and Harbour.

Whitehaven, on the West coast of Cumbria, England was the last place in Britain to be attacked by American naval forces. On 23rd April 1778 during the American War of Independence, John Paul Jones arrived in Britain with the intention of setting the whole merchant fleet on fire. The alarm was raised, and he retreated forthwith. Another American link is that Mildred Warner Gale, the grandmother of the American president George Washington, came from Whitehaven. She was buried in the grounds of St Nicholas’ Church, on 30th January 1700/1.

A great deal of work has been undertaken in recent years to regenerate the Harbour. On Lime Tongue (from which large quantities of lime were exported in the 19th Century was built in 1754) you can see the light sculpture called The Wave. This ingenious device is reflected in the sea. In the evening, when illuminated, it is green on one side of the tongue and blue on the other.

In the centre of the shot, the round white tower with the conical roof is The Beacon museum. It tells the history of the town and its harbour, its industries, the influential Lowther family, and the geology and archaeology of the area.

On the hill on the right can be seen a survival of the coal mining industry, the ventilation shaft named Candlestick Chimney, part of a colliery engine house built in 1850 and to its right, the white building is The Wellington Lodge, the former entrance to the Wellington Pit which is now used as a base for the Coastguard. The Wellington Pit (of which very little remains) was located above the harbour and built in the shape of a castle. The 1910 mine disaster on the site was Cumbria’s worst. 136 men were killed in an explosion and fire.

At the end of Lime Tongue at the far right of the shot you can see the 40-metre tower called the Crows Nest. This structure has a viewing platform with great views back over the marina towards the town.

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Related shots can be found at: Cumbria, England or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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