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notes from a small island

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View down from Douglas Head -

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What a lovely pic! The small islandwith the fort (it's a fort, isn't it?) looks a bit like a large submarine...
It does look like a submarine, doesn't it? It always makes me smile when the tide is at that level, giving that effect. When the tide is higher the reef is completely hidden and all you can see is the tower rising out of the sea.

The tower is actually not a fort, it is the Tower of Refuge. Built on the orders of Sir William Hillary, it marks the position of the Conister rocks when they are covered by the sea, and also provided a refuge for anyone whose ship foundered on the rock in stormy weather, that they might stay alive until help could reach them.

Before it was built in the early nineteenth century there had been incidences when the local people on shore could do nothing but watch ships sink and the people drown, when the weather was too stormy for them to try to row out to help.