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Arbroath has an inner harbour and an outer drying harbour approached from the South East through a narrow dredged channel bounded by rocks. The entrance to the outer harbour faces SW and is guarded by a wave barrier. This makes for a tortuous entry.
The harbour has been developed from the original inner harbour, the outer harbour, along with the breakwater, being added in the mid nineteenth century. Initially it was involved in the general coastal trade and the export of jute & flax but, like all the other harbours on this coast, became heavily dependant on the fishing industry until the middle of the 20th century. The flax/linen industry declined as steam took over from sail because much of their cloth was used as sail cloth (they were very innovative in the treatment of linen to extend the life of their sailcloth) ... read more
The waypoint above is on the leading line into the entry channel but the first object you will see coming up or down the coast to Arbroath is the white signal tower which was used to communicate with the Bell Rock lighthouse in days of yore. ... read more
You will get berthing instructions from the HM on channel 11 or just tie up to the nearest available hammerhead and pop ashore to the HM’s office. The original layout had two long pontoons with fingers and some rasta charts on chart plotters may still show this but, in fact, there are now three long pontoons with fingers - so there is a choice of three hammerheads for visitors. ... read more