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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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广林 on January 2, 2011

It's a really billowy waterfall! LIKE. Best regards from Dalian city, China. 中国大连广林谨致敬意。

Manfred Zoller on February 15, 2011

Wooooow, this is great, like 4 , best greetings from Austria

Joelle Giannoni on March 12, 2011

Facing both sunrise and sunset!!! How much a man can be lucky? I only hope there's a little bit less water the rest of the time! Have a great evening, Joelle

mick a on April 3, 2011

great capture ,not the best of harbours to enter when northerly ,

Dee Wainwright on April 11, 2011

That's class wud of loved to of seen that :-)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 17, 2011

First, I humbly apologise for this very late response! and second, your visits and lovely comments are to me, as fresh as the day you sent them ;)

广林~~~~If If only had been ready with my camera a few moments earlier

manfrezo~~~~How time flies Manfred ;) is more than four years since I took this photo..It was one of the first photos I took with my new (then) Nikon Coolpix! A camera I still use to this day.

JoelleGiannoni~~~~I adore this view Joelle, it is ever changing with the seasons and of course, that enormous moody sky casting its greyness on the sea!

mick a~~~~Greetings Mick ;) I'm thinking that you have experienced the entry into the harbour ?..As a harbour user and local boat owner for many years, my passages through those piers have been some of the frightening moments of my life..As you say, if the wind is onshore from any northerly to south easterly direction, especially if it is against the tide, there will always be trouble!

Denise Gregory~~~If you and your man have got the sea-legs for a trip to sea, just wait until next year when I return my boat to the water..Let me know!

I hope to renew my mooring on the pontoons following an 18 month re-fit!

To you all, I express my warm and sincere thanks for your friendly visits and precious comment


Dee Wainwright on September 17, 2011

i may just do that jim but probs bring my dad as paul dont have the see legs lol ive never been out at sea from whitby i bet its fantastic :-) hows the boat getting on?

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 17, 2011

Hello Denni ;)

I'm getting there...The engine needs to be tested in the workshop before installing it in the boat..then the hard work begins all over again..It should be ready for next spring! Of course your dad can come..


Dee Wainwright on September 17, 2011

sounds like fun...:-) dont over do it

elida- on April 11, 2013

Impresionante captura!!!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on April 11, 2013

Your'e most welcome Elida :) Thanks for your nice comment!


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 14, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: NIKON E8700
    • Taken on 2007/03/19 16:14:55
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/170)
    • Focal Length: 22.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash