SM9539 : North breakwater, Fishguard harbour (2)

taken 6 years ago, near to Goodwick, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

North breakwater, Fishguard harbour (2)
North breakwater, Fishguard harbour (2)
The breakwater is bisected lengthways by a massive concrete wall about 25 feet high, presumably to act as a windbreak. It is accessible by steps in a few places.
North breakwater
The north breakwater in Fishguard harbour was constructed in the early years of the 20th century as part of a scheme to create a route for transatlantic steamer passengers to travel direct to London via the rail link that was built at the same time. The service started in 1908 and continued until the outbreak of war in 1914, with the Mauritania visiting on one occasion in 1909. However the breakwater had the unforeseen effect of silting up the deep-water harbour eventually making it impossible for ocean going ships to berth to allow passengers to disembark. At the far end of the breakwater there is a lighthouse (still operational) and the remnants of wartime defensive structures. The construction of the breakwater and the railway terminus was an immense undertaking which involved the destruction of a substantial part of the cliff face to make a flat surface for the station, workshops and marshalling yards. The two million tonnes of rock removed were used to create the breakwater. Housing, known as Harbour Village, was built above the harbour for labourers, railway and harbour workers and remains to this day. The North Breakwater was publicly accessible in living memory (and a favourite place for fishing and swimming off the rocks) but it is now privately owned by Stena, and only open to those with permits or on occasional public days.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 July, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 16 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Coastal  Docks, Harbours  Estuary, Marine 
Primary Subject of Photo
Breakwater 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 9563 3931 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:0.8690N 4:58.7742W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 9556 3934
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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