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BRISTOL CHANNEL HARBOUR OF REFUGE. NEW LIGHT|HANDDTUg[iI>H()N.ING LIGHTIEIOUSES. Mariners are once more agitating for a harbour of refuge in the Bristol Channel. Many favour Clovelly as the place for its con- struction on the grounds that since nature has failed to provide any better shelter than Padstow and Bideford Harbours in the whole of the dangerous coast from Cape Cornwall to King's Roads, and no one denies the need of something better than the dubious pro- tection of these two shallow inlets, or the limited advantages of Ilfracombe Harbour, the question resolve* itself into one of local ity; apart, that is to say, from the more serious one of ways and means. One having no interest whatever in any of the suggested sites for the proposed harbour of refuge would have no hesitation in .saying that un- doubtedly Barnstaple Bay was the most suit- able part of the coast wherein to form the needed shelter, and that the water between Clovelly and Bucksledga seemed decidedly the place for such a purpose. The bay was accessable, offered a large navigation area, and had a great depth of water close to the windward shore; it was also central, offering for that reason greater facilities of access to vessels from the east as well as from the west, whilst vessels eaught over on the dan- gerous Welsh coast could make with greater certainty of safety and much more easily for Clovelly Harbour The necessity, too, for a refuge arose mainly from Bristol Channel dangers rather than those occurring to the west of our coasts. Between Clovelly and Bucksledge there was excellent depth of water close to the shore-from six to eight fathoms g und at only a short distance he ee.r' f°r constructing costly piers" °UJ' °nly enclose shallow water, would be obviated, and material, too, it was imagined, would be ready at hand. A harbou °e ^°r the Bristol Channel was Ij.j- yp in a Parliamentary in-< 2Ul7 A-lttL *°rd in 1858> every year fresh disaj;ter^rged it to a critical stage. There were a ways Wreckg -n the direct £ u of Lundy Island, and much loss of life has taken place there, and if there had only been a harbour of refuge near, say, at Clovelly, there would not have a ii e i.* and men, because it ZY I 8 ° IF salvation of those who PT There was unquesti^°h1"ia<ie fo*the T bour of refuge between pJ /t* End, so that when a and 8 ,a vessel- was caught m a westerly gale veering to the nor'-west and north s to run, under bare poles, if n before the gale, the sailors knowing e » somewhere well to the leeward wk^1,, ey could run for refuge, and also tha vessel had not got awfully baggy under her lee, or still worse, Hartland Point, and no chance of clearing either of those places. Some experts favoured the Cornish coast as the most suitable place for a harbour of reiuge and when the question was again raIsed 1D Parliament-as it would shortly be—by Mr. Caine and Mr. Haine, perhaps the Government would grant an inquiry, but it was strongly hoped, as Tenby was too costly for such a purpose—the water being so deep t dt Clovelly would ultimately bo selected and the Jong-talked-of harbour in the Bristol v annel an accomplished fact. Official information has been received from Mr. Gerard Ba our that he has communi- cated with the ±jkter Brethren of Trinity House with respect to the navigation of the Bristol Channel, and that instructions have been given as to placing a red light on the low lighthouse near Braunton Lighthouse after half ebb, and that inquiries were being made as to Braunton Lighthouse being con- nected bv telephone. It was not considered, however, that a ^ed lighted buoy near the position of the Mlddle Ridge Buoy in the estuary at the low and Torridge or that leading lights at Appledore should be. estab- lished at the expense of the general light- house fund.

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