The rare 14page Quarto [11"X9"] report on the project for a harbour of refuge applauded by Sir William Cubitt 2 years later for the acuracy of its surveys & estimates but never accomplished despite his great success as the Engineer of the Tyne. Grubby and considerably repaired but very scarce [ see also W.A.Brooks 1834 "Proposed Asylum Harbour and Naval Station to be called Port William"
"In the early nineteenth century, travelling by boat along the North Sea coast was a perilous journey. The rugged coastline between Hull and Edinburgh was particularly notorious due to the frequent storms and lack of protective harbours and many ships were wrecked along the shore. It was noted by the newspaper 'The Sun' in May 1833 that it was more dangerous travelling by sea to Edinburgh than to Australia and proposals for asylum harbours were often made to alleviate the problem. This letter refers to a proposal, made in 1833, for a harbour to be constructed at Redcar near Middlesbrough with a capacity to shelter 'twenty five sail of the line or several hundred sail of merchantmen'. The immense harbour was to have its foundation on an escarpment just off the coast and a ship canal connecting the harbour to the ports of Cargo Fleet (Middlesbrough) and Stockton at a cost of £320,000. Reports in the 'Nautical Magazine' of 1834 indicate that the proposal met with popular support such was the need to provide safe asylum for ships travelling along the east coast of England. The harbour however, was never constructed.
Author BROOKS,William Alexander [Civil Engineer]
Binding Printed wrappers
Publisher Stockton on Tees. Printed by Thomas Jennett 1832.