Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Loe Bar to Gunwalloe Fishing Cove - Photography Week 45 (2016)

Above Loe Bar in Cornwall is a memorial to the lives lost when the HMS Anson was wrecked in 1807. The plaque says:

Sacred to the memory of about 100 officers and men of the HMS Anson who were drowned when this ship was wrecked on Loe Bar 29th Dec. 1807, and buried hereabout. Henry Trengrouse of Helston was so impressed by this tragedy, that he invented the life saving rocket apparatus which has since been instrumental in saving thousands of lives.Erected March 1949

Trengrouse's rocket replaced the mortar system of establishing a life-line to a wrecked ship and its gradually increasing velocity ensured that the line did not break. The equipment included a chair to bring passengers and crew ashore (1):

For this particular visit, the sea conditions at Loe Bar were very calm although as I walked the coastal path to Gunwalloe I watched a rain storm build across Mounts Bay:

As the cloud intensified I used a long lens to capture the light on Porthleven under dark skies and then a wider angle shot of the coastal path.

About an hour and half later the storm was out at sea:

Whilst waiting for the rain to move away I concentrated on the rock formations at Gunwalloe Fishing Cove in colour and mono:

Finally, blue skies returned and I recorded this shot of the shingle beach that stretches back to Loe Bar and Porthleven. Despite being called Gunwalloe Fishing Cove there is no natural or man-made protection from the elements. Evidence of the past fishing industry exists with a restored pilchard cellar on the cliff and a couple of old winches which presumably hauled the fishing boats off the beach:


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