Between 1897 and 1899, £50,000 was set aside to create a harbour for Hastings, which would permit smaller sea-going vessels to dock and unload their cargo.
Construction[edit | edit source]
The construction was quite unique for its time, utilising what the press referred to as 'Plastic' concrete that would flow into a man-made reef on the sea bed, which then served as the foundations for the remainder of the poured structure. It was intended that once completed, the concrete would form a single homogenous structure. The foundation stone was laid by the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava in June 1897. Reportedly, the Dover harbour constructed at a similar time, copied the design and construction methodology at Hastings.
In 1898, the harbour arm was completed and had a railway line installed to facilitate unloading of colliers and other shipping vessels.
Unfortunately, it was not to last and there were a number of collapses during 1912 and 1946 preventing its further use as a quay.
- Hastings & St Leonards Observer 12 June 1897 pg. 6