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Royal Suspension Chain Pier Remains

Remains of the Royal Suspension Chain Pier [Wikipedia] - more than a century old - exposed in the silt [Google map] at low tide in Brighton, East Sussex. The piles are variously reported as being Cast Iron or Petrified Timber. The site is directly opposite New Steine Square / Gardens.


Photo taken late 2009, around the times of that autumn's very low tide for Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK.


Brighton had no harbour, but when sea travel was significantly faster than land travel (by horse), the pier was an optimum departure / embarkation point for Londoners traveling to France. The pier was destroyed by a storm in 1896.


More recently, some wag has reinstated a simple representation of the pier in Google 3D Warehouse, viewable in Google earth. A much richer series of CGI representations can be seen at My Brighton and Hove


Taken in near darkness, the very long exposure of a minute or two caused the waves to melt into a mist, with a distinctly "marked break" point where the waves hit the shallows.


Close to the horizon a fine wiggly red line marks the path of the port light of a passing boat.


See also the "Brighton Chain Pier and Remains" Gallery


More Chain Pier links:

Chain Pier Pictures [My Brighton and Hove] including splendid computer generated re-creations

Chain Pier History [My Brighton and Hove]

Picture Postcard

Photographers on the Pier from Brighton Photographers 1841-1910

lomokev's clearer vision on flickr

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Taken on September 4, 2009