Friday, September 28, 2007

The Surge

I can't honestly recall a similar experience. I've just negotiated my way back to St Mildred's Bay from West Bay, using the lip of the sea wall - pictured - where it connects to the cliffs. The sea surge is so intense that waves are rolling over the promenade and threaten to wash any careless passer-by into the sea.

I took the photo just after I jumped to safety to avoid the wave that preceded it.

If you have a beach hut in West Bay, best check on it. I have asked the council to try and help push No10 back into position as it has floated to the edge of the promenade and risks floating away.

It occurs to me that sea levels are higher than they were when I was a boy and along the promenade, there are scattered fragments of concrete where the waves have fractured lumps away from the edge.

A great view of the tidal action however from the cafe in West Bay and see the video that Michael Child shot of Ramsgate, below:


Anonymous said...

Yeh, the sea is very high in Walpole Bay this affy too.

Michael child said...

Simon sorry the point I am trying to make here is this is not a surge in 53 over 100 people died what we have today is just a spring tide with a force 6 to 7 in a tidal surge high pressure over the north sea and in the worst case the English channel too pushes down on the seas and they all meet at Ramsgate very high indeed possibly more than 1.5 meters more. Think we have had a force 12 here ghastly. Anyway look at these people!!

Michael Child said...

Simon I have come to the conclusion that you are right about the rising seal levels, looks like about 100mm since the swinging sixties or 4 inches in old money I am putting a bit of information about this at

Anonymous said...

Tides are no higher today than I remember them in the early 70s as a boy. There have been a few exceptions. The curious thing is why are the smuggler caves in Cottage Bay (Next to Botany Bay) staggered up the cliff. My dad used to say tides were higher back then which I find a bit hard to believe! Rough sea today too (Saturday)

James Maskell said...

Of course its climate change to blame here. We must force every non-believer to watch "An Inconvenient Truth" followed up by studying in intimate detail the Stern Report. Anyone who disagrees with the theory of climate change shall be re-educated.

Hell, they are about to start the first part in schools...

Michael Child said...

Anonymous I can’t quite follow what you are saying about tides not rising, are you saying that The Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory has in some way published false data or that Dover tide gauge is inaccurate, or perhaps this is some convoluted attempt to refute my assertion that the new Pleasurama development is dangerous see

As far as the caves go most of these galleries near the front of the cliff are to provide access to the beach from the cliff top, their main use was so farmers could gather seaweed for fertiliser, the openings are to let the light in and the smell out.

In this area we have a long history of tunnelling, mostly related to fishing agriculture and foying, many predate revenue and therefore smuggling. The earliest written record of the chalk caves in this area, that I can find, is in Leland’s Itinerary, he visited East Kent in the early 1500s. ‘There is a Cave wher Men have sowt and digged for Treasure. I saw yt by Candel withyn and there were Conys. Yt was so straite that I had no mynd to crepe far yn.’

Anyway I hope you enjoy the videos of last weeks high tides at the latest one shows someone taking a suicidal walk along the harbour wall.