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Seaton Sluice Harbour.

Seaton Sluice is the most southerly harbour in Northumberland and is used by pleasure craft mainly for fishing.

That was not always the case though, as it was developed in the 18th century as an industrial port exporting coal and glass.

The harbour used a system of sluice gates which were closed to hold back water and then opened to clear the build up of silt and sand. This was not always successful and in the 18th century a new harbour entrance was cut through solid rock straight out into the sea.

Known as the "cut" ships were moored and loaded in the narrow channel. It is no longer used and access to the harbour is from the north which is difficult and dangerous depending upon the weather.

Seaton Sluice Harbour looking north to the entrance.

Seaton Sluice Harbour looking north to the entrance.

Seaton Sluice Harbour looking north to the entrance.

 

Seaton Sluice Harbour

The main Harbour area.

 

Seaton Sluice Harbour

Seaton Sluice Harbour entrance.

Views from the harbour entrance.

 

Waves pounding the pier at Seaton Sluice Harbour entrance.

Waves pounding the pier at the Harbour entrance.


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