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The Stade

By capto
I've had a few days away..........and the sun shone.
This was a visit to the Stade [fisherman's beach at Hastings]. A great place for 'boaty' pics.

History of The Stade
In 1896, a new Hastings Harbour was built which stopped shingle moving out along the coast. Over time, the shingle accumulated and steadily grew outwards until it created enough beach space for the fleet.
The steep gradient of the beach means that the fishing boats can slide into the sea at High Tide but they have to be hauled out on their return. This prevents them from being more than ten metres long so they can only carry small amounts of gear over short distances.
Each boat has a Winch Shed which is used to haul the boats out of the sea (before this mechanical miracle, they depended on a capstan and a horse). Tractors are sometimes used to push boats into the sea at Low Tide. Wooden blocks called 'Troes' are laid under the moving boat.
The Fishing Fleet is one of the most exhilarating examples of living history in the United Kingdom, keeping alive a thousand years of techniques and traditions. The Sea Fish Authority described the Stade "as near perfect a fishery as could be devised" because of the environmentally sound methods used by the fishermen (which includes changing their net size to allow young cod to escape and keep stocks high).

Tags: Boats Landscape and travel Hastings stade

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Comments


cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
22 Sep 2017 8:45AM
Great pov....lead shot definitely takes the catch SmileSmile


(thanks for the history too, fascinating)
22 Sep 2017 8:56AM
Excellent Ivor, very interesting,
Fred.
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
22 Sep 2017 9:20AM
Love the low POV- great colours and composition, Ivor
Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2017 9:21AM
Good shots Ivor!
Diane
22 Sep 2017 9:44AM
two fine captures Ivor clean sharp bright and colourful finished off by a good narrative

Graham
22 Sep 2017 11:14AM
Good pic's and info Ivor.

JohnSmile
dimalexa 5 5 Greece
22 Sep 2017 12:37PM
Good POV, wonderful themes and color, great photos, Ivor!
Dimitris
manicam 18 44 1 Canada
22 Sep 2017 2:27PM
I like the v1, nice composed and color.

Sherman
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2017 3:50PM
Great pov and composition in your lead Ivor, and an interesting narrative.
Peter.
22 Sep 2017 4:36PM
Two wonderful photographs Ivor, full of colour and a superb write up to accompany them.
The lead my favourite with wonderful P O V.

Patty SmileSmile
22 Sep 2017 8:03PM
Two lovely shots Ivor. Cathy
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
22 Sep 2017 8:28PM
Excellent image Ivor.
Ron
22 Sep 2017 10:35PM
Excellent write up and images Ivor..Lin
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2017 8:19AM
Excellent images Ivor, full of interest, as is the description. Thank you for adding it.

Phil.
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2017 2:00PM
Two great images Ivor GrinGrin

Cliff

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