Whitby Waterfalls

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The old stone piers (not the extensions) were built in the XVII century and have withstood centuries of all that the volatile North Sea could muster! They are showing signs of decay and will require a multi million £ investment if they are to be saved. The alternative is to do nothing..The money from central government has not been allocated towards the repairs which is a major worry for the township.

Once in a hundred years, the east coast is battered by hurricane force Northerly winds, culminating in a huge tidal surge, lifting the sea level several metres above datum. (The last time was in the great storm of 1953) Should this happen again, the weakened structure of the piers could fail and the lower harbour could be devastated by mountainous seas! The damage and possible loss of life is inestimable.

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MBagyinszky on February 19, 2008

I think the "Waterfall in Whitby" was better title :-)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 19, 2008

Hello Misi and greetings from Jim I think you are right Misi, so I have changed it as you suggest. Yeh Its more like a waterfall. Thanks for calling in.

betzy on March 20, 2008

aha!! Also it likes to photograph storms eh! great capture!!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 21, 2008

Hi betzy, and yes I love a good storm specially when the sea gets angry. Thankyou.


Paula K on May 14, 2008

Walking on here can be very risky! I have a picture (taken on a mobile phone, so very poor quality) of my brother stood on this pier and the waves were whipping up, he just stood there mesmerised! We had to drag him away before he got washed into the sea!


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on May 15, 2008

Some of the most exciting times in my young life was spent wave dodging on these piers.

How I survived is nothing short of a miracle.

I felt at greater risk from my angry parent as she surveyed the bedraggled offspring in its sodden clothes and ruined plymsoles.

The resulting clip round the LUGHOLE was far more dangerous than any monster wave. Ah--Happy Days.


c.s. on December 7, 2008

Great turbulence in shades of white and grey, the only colours the red and green of the port and starboard lights at the end of the wave breakers.

Inclement weather in March, gusts of wind, an almost horizontal sleet. Yet, halfway up Henrietta Street, a man walking his dog.

Jim, a good thing that man was armed with a camera.

Best regards, Claus

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 24, 2008

Forgive my late response Lina and Claus, I have completely overlooked this one.

The sea is the most awesome of natures elements, the power contained is on such a vast scale. How I love its moods and anger and yet she can be most gentle and inviting.

Thank you both so much for your thoughtful comments.

Kind regards----------------Jim

Albert Berlemont on May 9, 2009

I like this one, the power of elements...

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on May 9, 2009

Greetings Alberto, yes, the power of the elements are hell-bent on destroying this 300 year old structure. Hopefully, the authorities will find the money to repair the piers before the sea breaches these ageing defences ;>)

Many thanks for your nice compliment ;>_


Sterntaucher on July 5, 2009

That's what i would call "weather"... ;-)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 6, 2009

Hi! Mathias, as you can see from the map, the exit from the harbour has a northerly aspect, unusual for the east UK coast!!

It is hazardous to attempt entering the harbour under such conditions.


®$ñå£ð¤ on November 5, 2009

you've taken good pictures, greetings from Brazil.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 5, 2009

®$ñå£ð¤ a warm welcome once more;>) I note that your nick-name is simply a mixture of keyboard symbols..quite an illusion..I first thought it was Thai language ;.)

Of course, your visit and kind appraisal is much appreciated!! Please feel free to call in for a chat any time ;.)

Kind regards


Gabor Retei on January 18, 2010

Now this is dramatic Jim,

A YS and a Best of

Greetings, Gabe

roma_volzskij on February 7, 2010

hi Britis hi Jim I am looking picture and listening "Children of the Sea"by my favourite Black Sabbath:)

roma_volzskij on February 7, 2010

hi British very very much I esteem Iron Maiden especially "Infinite dreams":)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 9, 2010

Gabor Retei...Having taken seven months to get here Gabe..you must be wondering if I ever read my mail..please accept my sincere apologies and humble thanks for your precious appraisal of my photo ;>)

ϐriţisђ~~~~It is quite easy to appear here at the right time _Si-..Just two things you need to be aware of..First--keep a weather watch for strong to gale force North/North Easterlies in the region, this needs to coincide with high water during the daylight hours..At some point during the year, usually between Oct and March this will happen..From your vantage point, high on the Yorkshire coast, you will know when the time is right Si ;>) Ps I will find some images of the bridges you mention ;>)

romavolzskij ~~~~ Greetings Russian Roma_..We have a great choice of rock bands in the UK..You should get to visit one day I hope ;>)

Hans J.S.C. Jongstra...You are most observant Hans..The freezing sea air made my eyes ache..I hid behind a little shelter and took this photo by means of the articulated LCD screen as fitted to the Nikon Coolpix..sadly, a feature missing on my new Pentax ;>) Your good comment is much appreciated thank you ;>)

Kind regards to you all!!


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 10, 2010

ϐriţisђ~~~~A boat for £50 might seem like a bargain and unless it is a rotten old wooden boat, it probably is a bargain..Anyone at Port will always sell a boat cheaply, the alternative is a gallon of petrol and a match..Dont let me put you off Si. If the hull is timber, check each plank below the water line for rot, inside and out..use the blade of a knife..If it penetrtates the timber easily, it's rotten..Then check the ribs, same way..Finally, take a wire brush and thin bladed heavy duty screwdriver (a wedge to prize the suspect planks apart) this will test the strength of the copper nails..These do errode due to a chemical reaction known as electrolytic. If the nails hve gone thin, then the planks will seperate very quickly thus causing the vessel to sink rapidly..Having said all that, most wooden boats can be repaired, and that is where all the fun really starts...If you like a challange..buy a boat..any boat...



Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 10, 2010

ϐriţisђ..That is always a problem Si..The boaters down at Baytown leave their boats on swinging moorings anchored to the sea-bed (Heavy duty chains and anchor point set in a hole, in concrete, dug into the scar) ..Could you not do this at Port??

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