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Marine Drive And Sailors' Home

Marine Drive And Sailors' Home

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: 10352.a.3

Item number: 4

Length: 82

Width: 90

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Yarmouth a few years ago was destitute of a Marine Drive, but now, through the efforts of the Corporation and the public spirit of the inhabitants, it possesses a very magnificent one, about two miles in length, and in its central part of great breadth. It commands an unbroken and glorious view of the ocean, and is highly appreciated as a pormenade, both by the inhabitants and the visitors. A few yards north of the Britannia Pier stands the Aquarium, which was first opened to the public, September, 1876. The sailors' home stands in a central position on the Marine Drive, and is a commodious and neat looking building, erected in the year 1858 by public subscription, and has proved itself to be a most useful institution. Nearly 5,000 poor shipwrecked mariners, many of whom were rescued from imminent peril by the crews of the lifeboats stationed here, at Caister, and at Gorleston, have already found shelter within its walls. The museum contains many interesting curiosities, and is well worth a visit."

Letterpress from 'Photographs of Great Yarmouth'.

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