Whitby, East Cliff And Pier Ends 1923
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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.

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Became the Smugglers Cafe I think
Wonderful Experience spent my sixteenth birthday at the school, Memories fade, I believe my house master was a Mr Morrell? My badge was all blue, I had to go to his room for my assessment sat in front of a blazing log fire. We had a lecture by I believe a famous mountaineer (the 1st Ascent of the Mustagh Tower!!?) one of the instructors, had a red sports car, spent a lot of time fishing in the Tarn, and was writing a ...see more
In the above picture, the two cobles in the background are Jean (right) and Valerie (the smaller one), and the one with a man on the foredeck is Enterprise WY.47 my Dad's coble, and that is Dad painting the foredeck. Enterprise was built as a open coble in Amble, Northumberland in 1947 and Dad had her half decked in Whitby by Will Clarkson who was a well known boat builder and whose yard was further up the river. The coble ...see more
I have been looking for Ellisons Yard in Baxtergate, the birth place of my grandmother, Mary Jane Boyes. I have been left Whitby for some 45 years now and have started to do my family tree. Gran was born in 1889 along with several other siblings. Her father's name was William Wright Boyes born 1861 and mother's name was Alice Boyes, nee Harland, born 1864. There are lots of Yards along Baxtergate, ...see more