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port, Milnthorpe
site name:-   Bela, River
locality:-   Milnthorpe
civil parish:-   Milnthorpe (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   harbour (!) 
coordinates:-   SD49288140 (about) 
1Km square:-   SD4981
10Km square:-   SD48

Somervell says:-
"It has been very difficult to glean any information about Milnthorpe shipping, but the tradition is that there was no wharf at Milnthorpe, but that each ship, coming in on the full tide, proceeded up the Bela on the tide, until she ran aground, when she was propped upright, by stakes driven into the mud, and the cargo transferred by planks from the shore, to wagons. Later she took in her outward cargo and remained passive till she was carried down by the ebb of the next tide."

Somervell, John: 1930: Water Power Mills of South Westmorland

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