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.
The main Harbour area.
Views from the harbour entrance.
Waves pounding the pier at the Harbour
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