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This shot was taken during a drive from Baltimore to Mizen Head in County Cork. Taken from an elevation of about 140 meters and looking in a south-westerly direction, the small fishing village of Crookhaven is across the channel to the rear of my left shoulder. Cockle Beach and Brow Head are directly in front of me. An area steeped in history including evidence of Bronze Age habitation, this is a wild and beautiful part of Ireland.

The village of Crookhaven has a distinguished history as the last port of call for ships going to and from America. Over the centuries ships stocked up with provisions here before tackling the Atlantic Ocean. All the shipping lines had agents here to tell the ships in which port their cargo had been sold. At the beginning of the 20th century it was said that you could cross the harbour on the decks of boats. 700 people lived and worked in the village against the 29 permanent residents today. Marconi came here to try to get his first radio message across the Atlantic and he fitted the first telegraphic equipment to the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse to communicate with the passing ships.

Brow Head was a vibrant copper mining area in the nineteenth century; operations began at Brow Head mine in 1852 when Sir William Brougham and Samuel Hyde formed a partnership and set up a private company. The building you see perched on top of Brow head is a signal tower dating from around 1804. Major shipping lines, including Lloyds and Reuters, developed the site and used it to communicate with passing ships using semaphore.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2659 W: 72 N: 6451] (29308)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-09-09
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/18.0, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-02 1:19
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