Roaring Middle and Lynn Well helped ships navigate The Wash to King’s Lynn safely
- Credit: Archant
Sixteen miles out from King's Lynn, floating lights helped mariners avoid running aground in the treacherous Wash and find their way safely to port.
The Roaring Middle and Lynn Well's lights helped guide more than 1,000 ships a year in the 1970s, when our photographer sailed out on the barge hauling it back out to sea after its annual overhaul.
Even in today's era of GPS and echo-sounders, seafarers sometimes still appreciate the extra safety aid.
It might look benign on a summer's evening, but The Wash can be a dangerous place with its shifting banks and channels and ever-changing weather.
King's Lynn Conservancy Board still maintains navigational aids. It was set up in 1887 after cargo ship the Wick Bay ran aground and broke her back on the port's approaches.
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Her owners sued the then King's Lynn Corporation for damages and the loss of her cargo.
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