SH5737 : Cei Ballast, Porthmadog

taken 13 years ago, near to Borth-y-Gest, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Cei Ballast, Porthmadog
Cei Ballast, Porthmadog
Popularly called "Ballast Island", this is part of local history. Porthmadog was a harbour for the Ffestiniog slate trade and the ships [many of them made locally] were designed for sailing with a heavy load. The return journey was usually empty of cargo, so they would pick up loads of stones to provide ballast. At the end of the voyage, these were dumped outside Porthmadog Harbour, eventually forming an island - now vegetated and with a population of rabbits. The stones in the foreground are all the same rock [a granite] and presumably came from one of the last ships to discard its ballast here.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 November, 2005   (more nearby)
Sunday, 27 November, 2005
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 572 379 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:55.1688N 4:7.5243W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 572 377
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