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The Long Pier

By colmar  
Good Morning

A shot of Deal Pier taken last Saturday morning in heavy sleet/rain and freezing wind !

The 1957 Deal PierThe seafront at Deal has been adorned with three separate piers in the town's history. The first, built in 1838, was designed by Sir John Rennie. After its wooden structure was destroyed in an 1857 gale, it was replaced by an iron pier in 1864. A popular pleasure pier, it survived until the Second World War, when it was struck and severely damaged by a torpedoed Dutch ship, the Nora, in January 1940. This was not the first time the pier had been hit by shipping, with previous impacts in 1873 and 1884 necessitating extensive repairs.

The present pier, designed by Sir W. Halcrow & Partners, was opened on the 19 November 1957 by the Duke of Edinburgh. Constructed predominantly from concrete-clad steel, it is 1026ft (311m) in length (a notice announces that it is the same length as the RMS Titanic, but that ship was just 882 feet in length), and ends in a three-tiered pier-head, featuring a cafe, bar, lounge, and fishing decks. The lowest of the three tiers is underwater at all but the lowest part of the tidal range, and has become disused. The pier is a popular sport fishing venue.

Deal's current pier is the last remaining fully-intact leisure pier in Kent. Its structure was extensively refurbished and repaired in 1997, with work including the replacement of much of the concrete cladding on the pier's main piles. Work began in April 2008 to construct a new pier-head with a modern restaurant, with the restaurant opening in December 2008.

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Many thanks for the comment and votes on Etive Waters from yesterday, all truly appreciated. Colin and Mari

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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morpheus1955 16 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 12:11AM
Great image, I love the pov and that sky is awesome, though it does look really nasty weather wise.

imagio 16 12 1 England
17 Dec 2009 12:13AM
This is superb Colin

Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
17 Dec 2009 12:19AM
Lovely image Colin. That would be a good walk doing that pier a few times. Great sky, really well captured........Sandy
17 Dec 2009 12:20AM
Wonderful work again.


PS: Thank you very much for all this information!!!
Bob_V 15 1 2 United States
17 Dec 2009 12:27AM
Fantastic work here Colin.
helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 12:44AM
Nice one Colin
maryg 14 66 18 Scotland
17 Dec 2009 12:59AM
Love the viewpoint and composition leading to that wonderful sky Colin. great to catch up , haven't beeen around as much , very busy just now so am catching up while john catches up on the football.
regards Mary
gary_d 14 576 13 Wales
17 Dec 2009 1:03AM
So much depth in this fantastic shot. - gary
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
17 Dec 2009 1:04AM
a runway to the clouds-- lovely work!
dawnmichelle 15 12 United States
17 Dec 2009 3:58AM
such a lovely lead to a lovely view
JimV 16 6 3 Canada
17 Dec 2009 4:00AM
This has everything going for it Colin, great lead-in, fantastic, though menacing, sky.............and a great write-up, thanks for all that!
Rgds., Jim
Thushari 13 1 Sri Lanka
17 Dec 2009 4:43AM
Wonderful image Colin, great comp and love the sky.
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
17 Dec 2009 5:59AM
An excellent compositin and capture, Colin, and a fantastic sky. Carol
17 Dec 2009 7:44AM
great shot
martinjp 13 2 3 England
17 Dec 2009 8:15AM
great write up Col, bloomin long, aint she...

colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
17 Dec 2009 8:17AM
So long I got a taxi back from the head of the pier Wink
17 Dec 2009 8:27AM
Great history write up with great composition Colin.
baclark 13 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 8:50AM
Reminds me a bit of being on a boat looking all the way down to the pointy end! Super pov, steady convergance all the way to the horizon and a brave shot given the conditions. Very interesting write up too. Good image.
luckybry 13 3 Scotland
17 Dec 2009 9:02AM
like the pov on this shot nice a low also grt sky
brownsilent 15 7 2 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 9:18AM
Straight into the future, a good one, all the more as we are again at the end/start of a year.
MickyMc 15 8 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 9:23AM
Smashing depth to this image I feel as if I can run right up to the edge of the pier.
sparrowhawk Plus
14 282 3 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 9:39AM
wonderful shot i love how you are drawn right in by the pier superb shot
EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
17 Dec 2009 9:46AM
Looks as though it reaches into infinity! Great viewpoint. Really found your write-up very interesting too and glad this structure is being cared for so well.

dmhuynh72 14 47 3 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 10:10AM
Great lead in to that moody sky.

prabhusinha 14 5 5 India
17 Dec 2009 10:32AM
Fantastic photo, became more attractive with the write up.
17 Dec 2009 10:32AM
Morning Colin !

What a great shot - lovely mood captured in this image, my pleasure to give the 30th click !

accipiter 13 61 England
17 Dec 2009 10:57AM
Empty and eery - evocative. interesting history too. Thanks. A
KevinGoodchild 21 1.2k 9 England
17 Dec 2009 11:53AM
plenty of drama, but I'm suprised no one has mentioned the large dust bunny on the right ?
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
17 Dec 2009 12:33PM
The large dust bunny is a raindrop on the lens this was the best of the shots and kept it in by choice .... don't do dust bunies Wink
mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
17 Dec 2009 12:48PM
A super lead in to the sky Colin.Thought the ''dust bunnie'' was part of the clouds !!
Excellent take.
Richsr 15 91 223 England
17 Dec 2009 1:03PM
Like the leadin and the tones in this - well captured.
Regards Richard.
Shootme 13 England
17 Dec 2009 1:11PM
Goes on for ever! and that sky is just amazing, a truely wonderful shot.

pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 1:57PM
great perspective and dramatic sky, well taken shot
RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
17 Dec 2009 3:29PM
Afternoon Colin,
Great shot - can't add anything to what has already been said by others above. Nice work.
Brian65 13 2 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 3:48PM
Lovely image Colin.
Jez22 14 4 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 4:05PM
Great Shot,Love those clouds
maggieh 14 4 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 4:08PM
Excellent - the image makes me feel slightly threatened. I wouldn't like to be at the end of the pier - there's not enough time to escape from the elements.
alighalam 13 1 Iran, Islamic Republic Of
17 Dec 2009 4:28PM
Great sky/seascape shot, nice PoV and colours, very well composed and captured.
Jekaro 13 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 6:27PM
A fabulous shot, Colin, a great sky and write up.
LeeFisher 13 59 8 England
17 Dec 2009 6:43PM
top shot, really like the moody sky,
Rock 20 10 2 England
17 Dec 2009 7:34PM
Nice shot as the eye has an easy path to follow.

17 Dec 2009 7:56PM
Excellent shot Colin. Happy Christmas to you and Mari and thanks for all your comments, always appreciated.

Gezina 16 3 6 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 8:53PM
Delightful comp with a lovely threatning sky to boot - great shot - Ina
derekhansen 14 210 24 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 9:38PM
Excellent composition and I love the moody sky.
lianna 13 13 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2009 10:03PM
thought i recognised that long old pier. a great image. the sky looks really ferocious. almost looks like the cafe isn't there. must say i miss the old one, the new one is just too different to look in place. but hey. a great capture of a lovely local landmark!!!!
18 Dec 2009 3:20AM
great shot colin looks like it never ends i would definitly be out of breath by the time i reached the end.. samantha
Cor 13 Belgium
18 Dec 2009 8:18AM
Great image.
nickyv32 15 135 England
18 Dec 2009 9:33AM
Great shot and what a corker of a cold wind blows across there, don't visit today will you, you would get sudden freeze syndrome, lovely Pier

Nicky Smile
kilo363 13 3 Scotland
18 Dec 2009 9:54PM
A cracker, I love the lead in
OMG 14 51 2 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2009 11:47PM
Great composition Colin and that lead in to those amazing clouds.
xwang 13 56 8
19 Dec 2009 9:21PM
Like the composition and the sky, and the contrast of the beautiful colours.

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