This is a shot of Whitehaven Marina, following heavy rain. There was a break in the clouds, which offered up an opportunity to take the photo. I think it quite accurately portrays the drama of the day.
The Port of Whitehaven was developed in the 16th century. During the late 17th and 18th century the harbour was extended by ballast walls, moles and piers to become one of the most complex pier harbours in Britain. April 1778 saw the harbour as the first site of an American attack on the British Isles during the American Revolutionary War, by John Paul Jones.
At the turn of the millennium, the tidal harbour at Whitehaven was redeveloped. New lock gates were added, making a totally enclosed marina. Features were added, such as the crows nest viewing platform that you can see in my photo.
Today the regenerated harbour supports fishing fleets, commercial craft and leisure boats. A unique feature of Whitehaven Marina is its location in the heart of the town, offering essential shops and services within easy walking distance.
Whitehaven Marina is a member of TransEurope which entitles annual berth holders to discounts at participating independent marinas in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain and Portugal. There are over 400 fully serviced berths and alongside berths for larger craft.
In recent years, the port has been the dramatic backdrop to a number of Television shows, such as Coronation Street, and is set to feature in a new ITV thriller called Deep Water, starring Annia Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar.