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General View Of Causeway

General View Of Causeway

Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.19

Item number: 2

Length: 17.7

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The Giant's Causeway is a mass of over 40,000 basalt columns on the NW coast of Ireland, between Portrush & Ballycastle; formed by a rapid cooling of lava hitting the sea. Folklore ascribes the formation to a mythical race of giants who laid down the rock on the sea floor as a roadway between the Scottish Hebridean islands and Ireland.

"The Giant's Causeway is the low rocky mole, composed of columnar basalt, separating Port Ganny from Port Noffer. Its outline is very irregular - the greatest length, 700 feet; the greatest breadth, 350 feet; the greatest height, thirty-three feet; and the area about three acres. In 1814 Sir Walter Scott visited the Causeway, in a nautical excursion made chiefly round the Scottish coast. He describes the shores as 'extremely striking as well as curious.'"

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of the Giant's Causeway.'

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