Tuesday, April 20, 2010

N is for,,,

...NORTH LANDING, Flamborough

Sorry, I held out on using Flamborough for as long as possible, but North Landing?... Flamborough IS North Landing.

Here it is in all its different moods:

Tide in, calm seas

A very different day.  Imagine the fishermen trying to get in to the Landing through breakers like that.
But they often did, sometimes with catastrophic results.  The description below is taken from the Flamborough lifeboat web page:

Loss of 'Gleaner' and 'Two Brothers' - 5th February 1909

Two local fishing cobles had been out fishing, when the more experienced crews had remained ashore. A severe gale was imminent, but as John Cross needed money to feed his family, he put to sea. By the time they were returning to North Landing the gale was raging. The entrance to North Landing is narrow and with rock platforms (known as 'Scars') at either side force the sea into steep rollers. As the weather gets worse the rollers get wider and eventually seal off the entrance.

The coble 'Two Brothers' was the first to attempt the narrow channel into the landing. On board were George Gibbon, Melchoir Chadwick, and Thomas Leng Major. They negotiated the channel successfully although it was touch and go. As they were half way home the coble 'Gleaner' made her attempt to enter the landing. A particularly large roller struck the boat and capsized her, throwing the crew into the boiling sea. The crew were John Cross and his two sons, Robert Cross and Richard Major Cross.
The crew of the 'Two Brothers', on seeing the stricken boat and crew turned their coble around. They made their way back to the scene, but another wave capsized their boat as well. Both crews and boats met their fate near to a point known locally as West Scar.

This is an old photo of another ship that ran onto the rocks in the fog. There are numerous wrecks around the headland, including John Paul Jones' ship the 'Bonhomme Richard'There are crews diving, looking for its remains right now.

 This is a painting I did back in the 80's looking north from North Landing.

This is my copy of an old painting done by an artist whose name we couldn't decipher.

So N is for North Landing, Flamborough 
which is located on the East Coast of  Yorkshire, UK., and is usually marked on maps as Flamborough Head.


Sylvia K said...

Marvelous and interesting post for the N day! And your photos are beautiful! What a wonderful place!!
Hope your week is going well!


mrsnesbitt said...

Oh Chris.................got to do a speecial for you! Dxxx will have athink but you will be awestruck!

photowannabe said...

Wonderful art work Chris. You definitely have lots of talent.
Very interesting information about your area. I appreciate it since I really know nothing about it. Have a great rest of the week.

Cherdecor said...

Your work is always beautiful. It is a sad story. I feel sorry for people who have to go in and out at that spot.

Wanda said...

You always give so much with your ABC posts. I love your painting and also the copy... You have such a beautiful heritage with North Landing.
You are such a teacher...I'm always learning from you.

claude said...

The Cliff is really beautiful, on news photos, on the old one and on the drawings. I understand why you love this place
I cannot post about N today because it is the birthday of a bloggerfriend and I want to wish it to him.

jabblog said...

What a fabulous post! - and what a gifted painter you are, too.

Anonymous said...

These are nice pieces, ChrisJ. I liked them.

You asked about the help I got from the lung doctor.

I put the answer in the sidebar on all of my blogs. You must have missed it. Basically, my lung capacity is reduced now to only 47% left. Not a great verdict. They are concerned about a nodule on my other lung. It is in the sidebar.

Autumn Leaves said...

A fabulously interesting post, Chris! Those waters are stunning and how deceptive the entrance to that cove looks! And I do love your painting too.

kaybee said...

Aaaah....memories are made of this!

Gillian Mowbray said...

What lovely photos and a sad, sad story, Chris. Amazing how such a beautiful spot can be so deadly. Thanks for sharing. x

x_pEpPeRoNi_x said...

It's a very beautiful painting, the one you did.

and so is the one by the unknown artist.

I also like the fun and vibrant photo with the visitors.

LisaF said...

Truly breathtaking...photos and paintings! Thanks for the history behind your piece of paradise.

Shady Gardener said...

This is my first visit here, I think. You have an awe-inspiring place to visit here. Thank you for sharing your photos and paintings. :-)

Roger Owen Green said...

So many names and descriptions for the place -very evocative.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Beverley Baird said...

What a beautiful place! Great photos.

sandy said...

Interesting post and I love your painting. You come from a beautiful area.