[24] A 90-minute German air raid on 22 November 1939 was deterred by the pier's defenders. [13] Early efforts to fight the fire were hampered by a limited supply of water, requiring additional water in the form of crop-spraying light aircraft. [2] This happened in 1983 when the Historic Buildings Committee gave a grant to allow repairs to be made. As a result, when they built a pier to allow cruise ships to dock here, it had to be long. [11] Part of the wooden structure of the old pier was subsequently used in the construction of a new mayoral chair in 1892. [27] The pier railway trains were replaced in 1949 with stock similar to those used on the London Underground[13] and around 5 million passengers travelled on the railway in its first year after reopening. Travellers would often arrive by boat, which presented problems as boats could only dock during high tide. You don't have to be a fisherman to enjoy a day at Skyway Fishing Pier State Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. The contest was run by the Landscape Institute for the Council. By 1891 the line ran the then full length of the pier and carriages were in use. The Grade II-listed structure has its own tram service as well as traditional slot machines and a café. The pier is a Grade II listed building. While the railway track sustained some damage, the trains were unaffected. Welcome to the world's longest pier – a staggering 1.341 miles long, to be precise – built in 1830 and a magnet for boat crashes, storms and fires, the last of which ravaged its tip in 2005. [21], Southend Pier celebrated its centenary on 23 July 1935 when Lord Richie of Dundee, chairman of the Port of London Authority unveiled a bronze plaque on the pierhead. [34] In November 1977, another fire badly damaged the bowling alley and in October the following year, the pier railway was deemed unsafe and had to be closed. Out of over 84,000 ships that passed Southend, the only casualty was the SS Richard Montgomery, containing over 1,500 tons of explosives. When I first heard about this stop on our Stray bus tour, I … Mexico - The longest pier in the world is Progreso Pier in the town of Progreso, Mexico. Ryde Pier is an early 19th-century pier serving the town of Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. The campaign was led by Southend resident Sir William Heygate, who was the former Lord Mayor of the City of London. The fire was thought to have started in the pub at around 10:45 pm, but due to the location and the damage (several buildings collapsed into the water) the cause has never been formally determined, although it was treated as an accident. The last of these has an impressive pier (a relatively modern structure of glass and steel, replacing the original wooden one constructed in 1891, which was then the longest in continental Europe). Ventura Pier — 1,958 feet — Supposedly the longest wooden pier in California. This connected with the new Cliff Lift and redevelopment of Pier Hill that was constructed the following year. [7] Just over two months later on 25 July, the Lord Mayor of London, Sir William Thompson laid the foundation stone of the first section of the pier. By June 1830, a 180-metre (590 ft) wooden pier was opened, using around 90 oak trees in its construction. Some people classify the Lucinda as a jetty while others view it as a … The work commenced in 1984 and was completed eighteen months later in May 1986, when Princess Anne officially opened the new pier railway,[35] naming the two new trains after Sir John Betjeman and Sir William Heygate. That's pretty amazing! Shortly after the fire, pieces of charred pier planking turned up for sale on eBay with the proceeds apparently going to the RNLI.[48]. Reconstruction of the deck took place in 1998 and took six months to complete. I love the seaside anyway, but a seaside with a record is even better! Virginia Beach Pier, USA. The pier has experienced several fires, notably in 1959, 1976, 1995 and 2005, with the latter causing significant damage to the old pierhead and surrounding structures. [25] The ship, which sunk in August 1944 and split in half, is visible from the North Kent coast and Southend beach at low tide, although subject to a 500 metre exclusion zone due to the present day threat posed to navigation and the surrounding area. The pier bridge was raised to enable taller vehicles to pass under it (a recurring problem had been double-decker buses getting stuck under the bridge) and a visitor centre/tourist information centre was built. Share our work with whom you care, along with your comment ...Kindly check our comments section, Sometimes our tool may wrong but not our users. 9. Ocean Beach Pier — 1,971 feet — Supposedly the longest concrete pier in the world. Pierhead station was temporarily resited due to the fire in late 2005, until a new, modern structure was opened on the original site in September 2009. Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego 1,971 1966 Concrete - Longest in Southern California - San Diego County 3. A significant proportion of the £500,000 cost was bequested by Peter Royal, a yachtsman who died in 1988. The Ocean Beach Pier, which opened in 1966, is the second-longest on the West Coast and the longest concrete pier in the world. [35] Protests led the council to allow the pier to remain open until a solution could be found. Brilliant views across to the Isle of Sheppey in Kent where I spent many childhood holidays with my grandparents. The pier in the town of Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, … Not done this since I was a boy in the 1960's. [58] The current boathouse was constructed by Dean & Dyball Construction Limited with the Project Architect being Bondesign Associates. Initially lifeboats were launched using davits, much as they are today. It stretches for 1.33 miles, putting Southend on the map as well as into the record books. [3], Seaside towns became popular with tourists in the second half of the 18th century. A subsequent lightning strike disabled their rear tower and took out the transmitter. [55], The original wooden pier built in 1830 employed a horse tramway to convey goods and visitors to the pierhead. The extension, named the Prince George Extension, allowed for an increased number of steamers to visit the pier.