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Damaged Coatham Pier

Damaged Coatham Pier

Now the way I look at this it is Coatham pier cut in two, do you agree?  How great Redcar would have looked today with two magnificent piers.

Fred Brunskill advises us: ”Originally Coatham Pier was to be much longer than Redcar pier with a glazed ballroom pavilion in the centre.Unfortunately before the seaward side of the pavilion could be completed it was breached in 1874 by the brig ‘Griffin’ and had to be abandoned. During the same storm the ‘Corrymbus also breached the pier causing much more damage…The final straw was in 1898 when the Finnish barque ‘Birger’ tore out a hundred yard section leaving the pavilion isolated. Repairs were too costly and the the pier was partly dismantled and left for many years.Not being able to meet their debts the Pier company ceased trading the following year.”

Thanks to Fred Brunskill for the update.

2 comments to Damaged Coatham Pier

  • Fred Brunskill

    Originally Coatham Pier was to be much longer than Redcar pier with a glazed ballroom pavilion in the centre..Unfortunately before the seaward side of the pavilion could be completed it was breached in 1874 by the brig ‘Griffin’ and had to be abandoned. During the same storm the ‘Corrymbus also breached the pier causing much more damage…The final straw was in 1898 when the Finnish barque ‘Birger’ tore out a hundred yard section leaving the pavilion isolated. Repairs were too costly and the the pier was partly dismantled and left for many years.Not being able to meet their debts the Pier company ceased trading the following year.

  • Rev Neil McNicholas

    On p11 is a picture of Redcar Pier with, as you can just make out, criss-cross bars underneath – as in this picture. So is this Redcar Pier rather than Coatham?

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