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Caption for Whitby, East Cliff 1923: This panoramic view of Henrietta Street and East Cliff was probably taken from the West Pier extension. The lighthouse there was built in 1831 from the design of Francis Pickernell, the Engineer to the Harbour Trustees; it is worked manually, and is used only when vessels are expected. Its green light has a range of ten miles. It is 83 feet tall, and open to the public – there is a fine view from the top. The smaller lighthouse on the East Pier (54 feet tall) was erected in 1854. The lighthouses were essential to guide ships safely to harbour; this rocky coast has claimed many victims. Whitby has had numerous lifeboats; among many heroic rescue attempts, perhaps the most tragic was in 1861, when only one of the lifeboat crew, Henry Freeman, escaped death – he was wearing a newly-invented cork lifejacket.

Memories of Whitby

The children are twin boys. Matthew Peart on the left and Robert Peart on the right. Robert was drowned at the age of twenty when he was swept overboard near St Petersburg on 19 July 1908.

The little girl is my grandmother Jane Peart born 18 September 1884. Her nickname was Ginny. Her daughter, my late Auntie was called Jennie. Beside her is my great uncle, Robert Leadley Peart who drowned at St Petersburg on 19 July 1908 aged 20 years.

This is a swing bridge - it swings horizontally. It actually swings out in two halves to rest over the pointed timber structures that can be seen in the river. These timber structures are known locally as 'dolphins' and are sometimes used when maintenance of the bridge arms is required. The large building on the far side of (...Read full memory)

The wooden clinker built boat, painted white in the lower right of the picture, was one of a pair of fast boats that the late Arthur Shippey and Tom Louis ran from coffee house end steps. They would call loudly ""half hour trips round the bay now"" -- ""come on down"".  Tourists were happy to pay 1/6d for the pleasure of getting (...Read full memory)

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