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Capricorno on the breakwater in 1900
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The Austrian barque Capricorno, en route from Cardiff to Angola with a cargo of coal, on 28th December 1900 was wrecked near the breakwater in a ferocious north westerly gale. Heavy seas washed seven men off the deck and rescuers using the rocket apparatus were unable to secure a safe line, even after firing 8 rockets. Some of the crew took refuge in a...

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Capricorno on the breakwater in 1900
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The Austrian Barque Capricorno, sailing from Cardiff to Angola with a cargo of coal, was wrecked on the breakwater on 28th December 1900 and became a total loss. Out of a crew of 14, only two men survived in the tempestuous seas. One of her masts was later used as the mizzen mast of the ketch Agnes, the last sailing vessel to be launched...

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Breakwater 1880’s
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Taken around 1880, this shot shows the breakwater with 2 single-masted smacks in the harbour. At the shore end of the breakwater is a small building which only appears for a brief time – it may have been for storing...

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Tommy’s Pit 1900
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Tommy’s Pit taken around 1900, with a bent pole on Barrel Rock; this was replaced shortly afterwards. There are timber slats on the left which have washed away over the last 100...

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Chapel Rock 1896
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Chapel Rock seen in 1896 with the ketch Friendship and the smack Boconnoc in the harbour. Marine Terrace is visible to the right but there is no development at all on...

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Chapel Rock 1927
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A somewhat dark view of Chapel Rock taken in 1927. On the left, the high-tide home of Captain Brinton’s bridge, which he extended over the river at low water, charging tourists 1d to cross without getting their feet wet. At high tide he operated a row-boat ferry at iron bridge, charging passengers the same 1d. On the skyline, Westcliff House as not yet been...

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Barrel Rock 1894
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A picture of Barrel Rock in 1894, with its bent over pole – I don’t know what caused the damage but the pole was replaced soon after. On the breakwater is a line of chained posts, presumably to provide support in rough...

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