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Reissued by the British Museum in 2011 this is the rare original in exceptional condition and in drab stitched wrappers as issued with signatures uncut 9"X5¾" 54pps.pages 49-54 contain reviews and extracts from the Nautical Magazine,The Guardian & Public Ledger etc. 1833. '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. Proposals for asylum harbours were often made to alleviate the problem. The report contains 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 rock 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. Contemporary newspaper reports and subsequent letters 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. This was probably due to a multitude of factors, cheaper harbours were constructed in Sunderland (1831-1837) and at Hartlepool (1835-1847) which provided adequate shelter and allowed for easier access to the coal fields of the North East. Advancements in technology also meant that ships were increasingly powered by steam and were no longer vulnerable to storms in the North Sea, and the expansion of the rail network meant that it became much cheaper and easier to carry goods by land rather than risk losing them at sea.' [from The Royal Collection Trusts assesment of the Port William project]
Author BROOKS,W. A. Esq. [William Alexander - Civil Engineer]
Date 1834
Binding Original Wrappers
Publisher LONDON Printed by J.Moyes Castle St.Leicester Square 1834
Condition Very Good

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