Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. IV.] A Tour round the Sea Houses.                   51
The mention of coals reminds me that I have for­gotten one of excitements of East-Bourne life prior to, and for some years after the opening of the Railway—the arrival of a sailing collier. Such ships used to come at intervals and be beached at high water near the Coast­guard Station : then when the tide receded, dozens of carts would be taken down to the shore and come away laden with coal landed from the ship. It was often impossible to empty a ship during one low-water interval, in which case the work had to be finished the next day, which increased the risk to the ship. I do not exactly remember when such vessels ceased to come, but the improved Railway communication with the North of England killed the trade.
The Martello Towers which stretch all along the coast from East-Bourne to Kent (including one at Seaford), take their name from a tower of the sort at Martella Bay in Corsica, which offered an obstinate resistance on February 8, 1794, to a British force which attacked it. The details of the engagement will be found in James's Naval History.
44 ftfyt Iokq bag's task is obtt, mb tot must stop."—
{Antony and Cleopatra).
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