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Cowes Victoria Pier (Historic)

REF NR: 268

1. After the destruction of Royal Pier, the people of Cowes were still determined that their town should have a pier. Not only would it increase the status of Cowes, but pleasure steamers were taking tourists elsewhere - only the regular ferries docked at Fountain Pier, and so most pleasure steamers travelled to Bournemouth, Swanage and Poole, but not Cowes. The Southampton, Isle of Wight and South England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company charged excessive tolls for any other ferry wishing to use their pier, and so the tourists went elsewhere at the expense of Cowes.

1. Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A507160#victoria

 

2. The pier images are reproduced by kind permission of Simplonpc

2. Image Sources: http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/IOW-Piers.html#anchor3556540

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