SX4257 : Wearde Quay

taken 13 days ago, near to St Stephens, Cornwall, Great Britain

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Wearde Quay
Wearde Quay
Wearde Quay is nowadays a quiet anchorage for leisure boats on the Lynher River but it has a more interesting history than might be expected. In the Civil War defensive earthworks were built here to defend Royalist Saltash from Parliamentary forces in Plymouth. The Saltash Royalists were eventually defeated in 1646. Much later the torpedo school ship HMS Defiance was anchored here and in 1895 its commanding officer, Captain Henry Jackson (later Admiral Sir Henry Jackson), made history by successfully transmitting a radio signal the length of the ship. Between 1905 and 1930 the Great Western Railway provided Wearde Quay with a station on its main line, called Defiance Platform, in order to cater for traffic generated by the training ship (the railway embankment can be seen behind the row of cottages in this view). HMS Defiance was sold to a shipbreaking yard in 1931.
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Date Taken
Monday, 31 May, 2021   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 8 June, 2021
Geographical Context
Coastal  Village, Rural settlement 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4255 5774 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:23.9037N 4:13.0030W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4264 5758
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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