Medium: Photographic print
"Cowes, like Ryde, suddenly rose into favour, as inland baths went out of fashion, and the sea-side was declared by the faculty to be the most curative spot for the invalid. In ten recent years Cowes increased its population by one fourth...
Cowes Harbour is the estuary of the Medina (here half a mile across), combining with the Solent Sea. Commodious, admirably sheltered, and capable of admitting vessels of heavy tonnage, its importance was very soon recognised. Indeed, Cowes is the one point on the island which has anything like the appearance of a serious maritime existence. The customs now levied annually in this port amount to nearly £4,000."
Text by James Redding Ware.