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[Corner of St Catherine's Place and Shore Street]
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Picture added on 18 November 2008
The mast just to the right of centre was at the Coastguard Station and appears to be flying a gale warning cone although the quality of the picture doesn't let us see whether it was a northerly or southerly gale forecast. The raising of the black cones, tips up or down gave the mariner a rough indication as to the direction of the forecast gale. Although it couldn't give the strength it was better than nothing before radios were common on vessels.

Added by Ian MacDonald on 24 November 2008
Looks a lot different today, these are a good series of pictures.
Added by Craig Taylor on 13 January 2012
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