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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

button for weymouth pages Summary relating to Weymouth
Of X Church
Pool Weymouth &
Exmouth their
Originall
imperfections
and incapacity
for Shipping
Christ Church, Pool, Weymouth, and Exmouth appear to have Other but more Originall imperfections than are found in those of Sussex, those may have been great indraughts in former times, But these seem never to have been Capable of it, The Soile of the adjacent Land lyes in another Nature, and the Tydes at highest seem to be not above 8 foot, and those Both as remiss and uncertain as the Winds on which their Motion mightily depends, so that their Agitation is in no wise Capable of that force and virtue which the Service of great Shipping call for, besides their Exits are Scituate in great Bayes which render approaches to them more difficult.

© Jean and Martin Norgate: 2002
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