8 THE CHAIN-PIER.
" Yes," said Edward, " I believe I saw the piles on which this platform stands."
" You are right," said his father: " these piles are driven ten feet into the solid rock, and they rise thirteen feet above high-water mark. The four iron towers which you see, are all erected on platforms similarly raised : the towers are each two hundred feet apart. These suspension-chains are of wrought-iron: they are firmly fixed at the one end to the timber work of the pier-head, and at the other, they pass into tunnels formed in the cliff, and are secured to an immense iron-plate."
" This beautiful structure was erected under the superintendence of Captain Brown, a British naval offi-