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“The day shall come when FLEETWOOD’S port shall be
The favour’d Harbour of the great and free;
Hither, when vex’d with boist’rous wave and wind,
The struggling mast a safe retreat shall find;
Here, from the sunny land of conch and pearl,
The stately bark her weary sail shall furl.”

THE name of Fleetwood is associated, prospectively, with the first commercial
ports of the kingdom. The illustration prefixed sufficiently indicates the use to which it is
applied; but the rapidly increasing importance of this new maritime station is entitled to
a more particular notice than the detached “scene” would appear to demand. Situated
at the entrance to Morecombe Bay, on the river Wyre, the great natural advantages
which it presents are hardly to be surpassed: and from the liberal spirit with which the
operations are carried on, Fleetwood must shortly become one of the most frequented
sea-ports on the British coast; combining, at the same time, all the recommendations
of a commercial town, and a delightful watering-place. With Preston, from which it is
distant only eighteen miles, it is connected by means of the railway through Poulton and

The limits of the Port of Fleetwood, as determined by the Commissioners from
the Court of Exchequer, are to “commence at a run of water called the Hundred-End,
about two miles to the west of Hesketh-Bank, continuing up to Preston; thence along
the coast, on the north side of the river, to Lytham; round the coast to Blackpool, and on
to Fleetwood; thence to the river Broadfleet, four miles from Sea-Dyke, including both
sides of the Wyre, and the river Broadfleet.”

The Commissioners appointed by Government to investigate the most eligible
routes by railway, to facilitate communication between London, Ireland, and Scotland,
reported that the harbour at Fleetwood — which by the Preston and Wyre Railway
is put in communication with London — appears to them likely to form a good point
of departure for the north of Ireland and the west of Scotland. Since this report was

published experiment has fully justified the opinion thus expressed. The capabilities of
Fleetwood as a commercial port are of the first order; and the plans to render it such
can be executed at a comparatively small expense. Its fine spacious harbour, extensive
dock, cheap port-dues and dock-charges, cannot fail to attract a large share of the
American cotton, timber, and other foreign trade; while the great recommendation of
low charges induce the regular Belfast and Glasgow steam-vessels to frequent the port.
There is a customhouse, with bonded warehouses for all ordinary merchandise, except
East India goods and tobacco — unless removed coastwise for home use and ship’s
stores. In a very advantageous situation seaward, a very elegant and finely contrived
lighthouse has been erected; and, in pursuance of the comprehensive schemes of Sir
Hesketh Fleetwood, Bart. M.P., proprietor of the harbour, numerous buildings have
sprung up in all directions, and upon ground which recently consisted of only a warren
for rabbits. Among these buildings are a handsome church, and a large and beautiful
hotel, the centre of which has seventy feet of frontage, besides two spacious wings of
ninety feet each; the whole forming none splendid edifice of two hundred and ninety feet
in length, and commanding an extent of marine scenery not to be surpassed to any part
of the Kingdom.

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