Whitehaen was our home port for eight years. The town has a long maritime heritage and still has commercial fishing and support for the Robin Rigg wind farm activities operating.
It also has a long history of coal mining and when you approach Whitehaven from the sea you can see the mine pit head overlooking the town. In those days they excavated everything by hand – and the shaft and pit went out to sea! To keep the mining heritage alive the Haig Colliery Mining Museum are developing their [link:4]website[/link:4] for all to research and enjoy.
When in the town why not spend some time at the local attractions such as the rum story, which was built as part of the regeneration of the town, or even stay overnight for one of the haunted evening events.
On the harbour side there is the Beacon, loads of local events being hosted throughout the year, check their website for what’s on
Whitehaven marina has four main areas, Queens Marina (home to yacht Cono Sur), the commercial area, Londsdale marina and the historic sugar and lime tongue piers with free floating pontoons. This is the second set of gates before you can access the boats, so we feel very safe and secure.
Queens is part of the original port and has a separate set of vicorian gates dating back to ...., also as you have to via the seal lock which is in the Lonsdale marina, pass through the comercial area before entering Queens it has the lowest silt levels in the complex, which means we will always have clear water under the keel.
The commercial dock has the larger fishing fleet and they have a huge ice maker – we have to rely on what comes out of the freezer. Other commercial vessels use this area too. When the fishing fleet is in we do not go out, they seem to always know what is coming and the 2001 Sydney-Hobart race is burned in my brain – fishing fleet in and the yachts set off (GRTS’s).
There is little local fishing available to the larger vessels so the fishing fleet head out into the atlantic, some of the other vessels beam trawl for scallops and schrimp.
I do support our local fishing fleet and would like to see the work come back but more and more ships dissapear after each season, but i don't know how long they will be with us.
In the Queens marina there is also fishing fleet, although they aim for a smaller catch though, most of which is sold locally. The wall next to the town also acts as an overspill to the larger fishing vessels when all ships are in. Queens is the smalles of the two fully serviced marina's with space for 26 craft exluding the commercial vessels.