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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

East Breakwater

East Breakwater.

The East breakwater has been carried out as far as intended by the original design, the first 2500 feet as a tip bank and the remainder from staging. The stonework of this last part is intended to stand at half tide level with the object of letting floods from the river pass over it.

This breakwater has not such heavy stone on it as the West one, still there is no appearance of any damage except that, at the end, the stone is liable in rough weather to be cast up in heaps. Heavy stone is now being placed round the end, and for some distance from the end on the sides. In one part the work is yet too low, and it is intended to raise this to the right height with heavy stone.

The East breakwater is not subject to such rough treatment by the waves as the West, and the end being made secure it is perfectly safe. It is liable, however, to have the sand below it on the river side scoured out, and keeps settling down on that side. This will need to be made up as it settles, and with this object, and to repair any possible damage, the staging must be maintained for a year or two at least.