02 January 2008

X for support struts

For a while I was under the impression that this was the remains of an old pier at old Humewood. It is in fact the the remains of an old slipway that was used to remove boats from the sea. The boats were secured between the pylons and then drawn out on the slipway.



I am not sure from what date the slipway was decommissioned. The earliest picture I managed to find of it was taken around 1912.



Some entrepreneur wanted to use pylonns to build a pier back in the 1980's and applied for permission to do so. The plans were firmly squashed by a bureaucrat in the old South African Railways and Harbours, claiming it was their property because it was below the high water mark. Needless to say the project never proceeded.


The pylons have now become a roosting place for the local cormorants, which I suppose means they still serve a useful purpose

16 comments:

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I really like the first picture with the pier rising out of the sea.

Happy New Year to you.

dot said...

Beautiful pictures today and a great idea for X. It's interesting to see what everyone comes up with.

bonnie said...

It's too bad the rebuild was never approved. It makes a great photo in its truth about reality but I imagine it can be an eyesore.

Neva said...

I love the blues in your photos....too bad it never got approved but there you have your local government just about anywhere in the world!

Susanne in Key West said...

Hi Max-e

I gave you a award!!!! CONGRATULATIONS and check out it on my blog!

Have a wonderful day!

Oswegan said...

Those are cool. Happy X to you.

~Oswegan

kml said...

Great post and story with it!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great set of X-struts Max...;O)

mrsnesbitt said...

x-CEPTIONALLY W-CELLENT!

lol!

Anna said...

Hey Max-e these are cool photos, so this is where my cormorants migrate, lol. So my friend you have been tagged: http://myonlyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/01/farm-windmill-to-windmill-farms.html

Anna :)

Mike said...

I really like pictures of old ruined things. Great idea for X. Happy New Year to you and I hope your making a rapid recovery after your op.

MedaM said...

I hope that one day your local government will find interests in rebuilding that pier again, until then just enjoy the beautify of that blue water and the sounds of its waves.I would if I could! :-) The posts are very nice.

photowannabe said...

Politics can do strange things that's for sure. Of course the cormorrants need a place to roost.
Great X letter post, Max

Kerri said...

Great X post! I like the idea that they are definitely serving a GREAT purpose for the birds!!!

Bob Johnson said...

Hey, love your photos, found your site through Anna.

Lynette said...

Your Xs and my Xs are cousins, at the very least. Neat.