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Venture off the beaten track and find forgotten traditional coastal fishing towns like that of Whitehaven with its huge stone harbour that was built and extended upon from the 1600s to become what was once the 3rd largest shipping port in England, transporting tobacco around the world. It also exported sugar to Barbados, cotton from Antigua and coffee and cocoa from St Lucia. You can walk around the beautiful stone harbour to this day, it is still used as a marina and a fishing port, with cafes and bars on the quay.

The town of Whitehaven has one of the most listed Georgian buildings in England, and these can be seen in all their splendour as you walk around the town.

The American Navy attacked the harbour lead by John Paul Jones in 1778 burning merchant ships.

George Washington who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797 had links to the town, his grandmother, Mildred Gale is buried at St Nicholas gardens in the centre of Whitehaven.

The famous Jeffersons rum has been selling & trading from this port for over 200 years, discover & learn all about the towns tobacco, spice, rum trade at the local Rum Story & Beacon museum.

 

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