NM7417 : Disused pier, Ellenabeich, Seil

taken 8 months ago, near to Ellenabeich, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Disused pier, Ellenabeich, Seil
Disused pier, Ellenabeich, Seil
Seil forms part of 'the Slate Islands' along with Luing, Easdale and Belnahua, noted from 1631 as suppliers of the finest slates. Urban growth ensured prosperity for Scottish slate's industry for much of the 19th century, although latterly suffering from competition from Welsh slate.

The wood-piled pier on a T-plan extends from a slate-rubble earlier pier and was constructed for the slate industry. The wood and iron-post crane formerly sited on the pier head was recovered and has been restored to make a feature in the village centre.

The pier was built to service the large quarry village of Ellenabeich, and by small-boat ferry, the smaller village on Easdale Island. It dates from the period when most places in the west highlands depended on steamers for their trade.

So immense was the output that Ellenabeich, hitherto an island like Easdale, became linked to Seil by a causeway of quarry waste.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 13 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Village, Rural settlement  Derelict, Disused  Docks, Harbours  Estuary, Marine 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 7412 1717 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:17.5811N 5:39.1100W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 74164 17206
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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