Bude Haven

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Grey-Eagle Ray on February 27, 2009

Bude Harbour and Canal.

The sea lock entrance on Bude Canal can be seen just behind the white building.

View looking towards the sea "Haven" from the sea lock

In the eighteenth century there was a small unprotected tidal harbour at Bude, but it was difficult whenever the sea was up.

The Bude Canal Company built a canal and improved the harbour.

Around twenty small boats use the tidal moorings of the original harbour during the summer months.

Most are sport fishermen, but there is also some small-scale, semi-commercial, fishing for crab and lobster.

There is a wharf on the Bude Canal about half a mile from the sea lock that links the canal to the tidal haven.

This can be opened only at or near high tide, and then only when sea conditions allow.

These gates were recently renewed, as the originals were damaged in a storm.

They are the only manually-operated sea lock gates in England.

The pier head by the locks is a Grade II listed structure.

The canal is one of the few of note in south-west England.

Its original purpose was to take small tub boats of mineral-rich sand from the beaches at Bude and carry them inland for agricultural use on fields.

A series of inclined planes carried the boats over 400 vertical feet to Red Post, where the canal branched south along the upper Tamar Valley towards Launceston, east to Holsworthy and north to the Tamar Lakes, that fed the canal.

The enterprise was always in financial difficulty, but it carried considerable volumes of sand and also coal from south Wales.

The arrival at Holsworthy of the railway, and the production of cheap manufactured fertiliser undermined the canal's commercial purpose, and it was closed down and sold to the district municipal water company.

However the wharf area and harbour enjoyed a longer success, and coastal sailing ships carried grain across to Wales and coal back to Cornwall.

László Matyó on February 28, 2009

Nice composition!


Pedro Estébanez on February 28, 2009

Beautiful photo Grey Eagle, nice composition.I like her colours.You are one of my favorits.

Best regards,Peter.



~~West Coast Sharon~… on February 28, 2009

I think one of the best things about your photos, Grey Eagle is the history behind your work. I enjoy reading about the place and you take a great photo to boot. Thanks for sharing. Sharon

MIQUEL ÀNGEL SÁNCHEZ… on March 2, 2009

Very nice Panorama and very nice too explanation!. Miquel Àngel

Sigurtor Holm on March 4, 2009

nice panorama.

Manoo Mistry on March 17, 2009

Hiya Ray,

I like your panoramic shot here, and your commentary really gives us insight into places you feature.

Regards Manoo

Grey-Eagle Ray on March 17, 2009

Hi Manoo


Miquel Àngel

My dear friend Tonia


Peter....My fav bullheadred,

Ladislav Matyó,

Many thanks for your appreciations.

I've not been able to reply to all my friends comments recently.

Lots of work to be done, now that spring has arrived...

Promise I will try to be a littke more active Soon.

Best wishes to you all Ray

ka9894 on March 29, 2009

I tend to miss looking at tiny panorama image pictures... This is a super shot! Beautiful... Myf*.

:):) Kat

Bagrov Petr on May 7, 2009

Хорошая панорама!

Finn Lyngesen flfoto… on July 31, 2009

Great colorful panorama picture. Beautiful view.

Kind regards. Finn.

*goran on August 27, 2009

Beautiful panorama!!!

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