Ann-Christine invites us to explore our local neighbourhood this week, which is apt seeing as we in England are requested not to stray too far from home. I think I have ‘done’ my local area to death this year as we really haven’t been very far at all. So on a trip to the local supermarket this week (4 miles) I took time to have a quick stroll around the harbour in Hayle and get a few snaps on my phone before the rain began. Again.
The tide was in so the estuary was full of water. I was intrigued by these odd contraptions floating in the centre. Floating rafts with Lobster pots? I am guessing that they are towed out into the sea. I love lobster, but I think most of it heads to London and the expensive restaurants. I rarely see it on the menus here in Cornwall and probably wouldn’t pay the price wanted for it anyway.
To the right of me are the old warehouses on the east quay, the silvering wood matching the more modern fencing around the harbour and the bleached grass echoing the sand dunes (towans) in the background. A picture of fading colour rather matched the mood of the day as clouds descended.
One interesting new discovery as I walked along the harbour walls of the south quay was this splendid rusty anchor. I can never resist getting in close to a rusty object.
It’s strange to think that there was a big ship building industry in this area during the 19th century. A shipyard, slip and dry dock were established here on the south quay in 1819 and by 1835 ships of 100 tons were being constructed. The first iron and wood ship, the Prussian Eagle, was built as a tug on the River Rhine. And by 1880 many more ships were built by Harvey & Co, including the Cornubia in 1858, originally used for the steam packet service but later sold to the American Confederate States where she was used as a blockade-runner during the American Civil War.
It must have looked very different here 200 years ago. And how fascinating to discover a connection with the American Civil War and this small, sleepy Cornish town, more famous now for the Towans and three miles of golden sands.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 123 | Found in the Neighbourhood