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Naval harbours that didn't happen
« on: February 27, 2023, 09:14:36 am »
The harbour commissioners have reported that none of the existing harbours, from the Thames to Portsmouth, are capable of being converted into a harbour for Government armed steamers; they therefore recommend the formation of three fresh ones, one from Beachy Head to Langley Point, one at the cliffs east of Margate, and one under the cliffs to the eastward of the present Dover harbour. The fresh harbours to be formed by two breakwaters, with side piers, which will leave entrances S.W.S. and S.E, to enclose about 300 acres, and to have six feet of water at the lowest neap tide. They complain of the way in which the water has been shutout from the places it used to overflow at Rye and Newhaven, as it has prevented a large body of water coming in to be afterwards of use as backwater

North Wales Chronicle 23 June 1840
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