The Black Middens

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    The Black Middens are a rock formation at the mouth of the River Tyne. In the past they were a particularly dangerous hazard to ships as they are mostly hidden below the water level at high tide. Many ships have been wrecked on the Black Middens over the years, particularly in high winds. The High and Low Lights of North Shields were constructed in 1536 on the orders of Henry VIII to make the passage into the Tyne safer for ships (these were replaced with new lights in 1727). Despite these, 5 ships were wrecked on the rocks during 3 days of storms in November 1864. In response to this tragedy the Borough of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade was founded on the 5th December 1864." rel="noreferrer nofollow"> Black Middens Fable:" rel="noreferrer nofollow">
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    Flickr (Flickr)
  • License

    What does this mean? Public Domain Dedication (CC0)
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 1 year, 9 months ago
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    Picture Taken: 2022-10-02T11:24:13
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