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Published September 22nd 2017
Sounds and smells of the sea
Ok, here's a little trivia quiz: What is the link between George Washington's grandmother, the American war of Independence and a little coastal town off the coast of Cumbria in England?
The answer lies (both literally and metaphorically) in the coastal town of Whitehaven, where in the grounds of the parish church of St. Nicholas is the resting place of Mildred Gale, the paternal grandmother of the first president of America. Interestingly, Whitehaven was also the site of the only attack on British soil by the Americans, during the American war of Independence. The charge was led by a certain John Paul Jones in 1778 and historians say it was, in some respects, the last invasion of England.
The Whitehaven marina, recently redeveloped, makes for a leisurely walk along the seawall, which is what we did when we visited the place a few weeks ago.
Whilst the walk was totally free, I understand that the mooring of boats is a big business and one can have private or business related boats berthed there. The website below gives details of that.
What I liked was the relative not-yet commercialized state of the town. I have often noticed that in places close to the sea where there are all these supposed 'pier attractions' in the form of rides or casinos and what have you, that the real attraction of the sea and the harbour sometimes can get obscured. There were hardly any fish and chip shops either - the closest source of food was a Tesco.