The prevailing wind in Coverack is a westerly wind, however for the past few days we’ve had an east wind. An east wind (a wind blowing from the east in a westerly direction) causes swells and rough seas in Coverack. It means Coverack takes the full force of the the wind blown down the English channel, unfiltered by any land. In the olden days, fisherman had to find creative ways to respond to this.
When one of Coverack’s old cottages was re-thatched, thatchers were surprised to find several old, glass bottles in the roof. Nobody could work out what they were for, until an east wind blew and the bottles started to whistle. They realised that the bottles had been placed at the exact angle so that, if an east wind blew, it would whistle through the bottles and cause them to make sound loud enough to wake up the villagers. When villagers heard the noise, they would know the wind had started blowing from the east and they needed to bring up the boats from the harbour, protecting them from stormy seas.
Here are a few photos from 18/11/18 of stormy seas in Coverack caused by the east wind.
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