The pilot house

The pilot house

This is a building that fascinated me as a child. It sits at the mouth of the harbour in Irvine, and used to provide an automatic indication of the tide/depth of the channel. When it functioned, a series of balls rose from a mast at the top of the building. The more balls that were visible, the deeper the water in the channel. It hasn’t worked for many years.

I still find it fascinating – even without the mast and the balls.

This image is pretty much as it was shot. I straightened the lines a bit, but haven’t tinkered with it in other ways. (You will find some alternative treatments on my Flickr site, if you’re interested.)

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