It's summertime and here we are on the strand at Portrush in the 1940's.
Looking for a place to sit and spread out the blanket and have a good read
is Martha Rea nee Crawford.
Along side Martha is Sarah Simpson nee Crawford who is going to read the paper.
They had come all the way from Creavery, now back then this was a far distance
and you had to dress correctly even down to wearing gloves
It's summertime and early in the morning and having had their breakfast and
not at the Arcadia behing them at Portrush in the 1940's. If you did not own
a camera and not many did, this is were you came and were always sure of getting
your photograph taken. For here is where the
photographers stood for to get to the strand and the beach you had to pass
this way. Going to get a place to sit, and relax and enjoy the newspaper she
has brought with her is Martha Rea nee Crawford. Along side Martha is her
mother Sarah Ann Crawford enjoying the fresh sea air which was rare in Creavery.
Here we are in Portrush, on the other side is the road that takes you down
to the harbour.
Now having found this spot William Clarke, Lavenia McIlvenna and finally William's
wife Sarah who had all come from Randalstown for a day out. At Sarah's side
is why we all love our mums, it's the bag full of sandwiches and lemonade
and boy do they taste so good.
Behind them is a great sign which does not need any explanation.
CAUSEWAY HOTEL 3118
Looking up the driveway to the Causeway Hotel you can tell not only by the
clothing on the people but that no motor cars had been here only horse drawn
vehicles because of the tracks so the photograph must have been taken early
On the right of the photograph is a Refreshments room, now onto the side of
the Causeway Hotel and the entrance there is to another Refreshments room
serving tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes, looking towards the camera is a
man. As we turn the corner we have a lady in a crinoline dress but without
the hoop and a gentleman sitting next to her. It must be raining for he is
holding up an umbrella. Just passing them heading for the entrance of the
hotel is a one-legged man with a crutch, while at the entrance to the hotel
is a man with a pony and trap, probably waiting on customers.Over to the left
sitting on a cast iron seat and wrapped up well are two ladies enjoying the
fresh sea air.
CAUSEWAY ELECTRIC TRAIN 3119
This is the Causeway Electric train at the Causeway Hotel which was the end
of the line, the train used to run from the train's terminus in Eglinton Street
next to the Portrush Railway Station. The first section of the tramway, from
Portrush to Bushmills, was opened on 29 January 1883, some of the timetabled
passenger traffic was handled by steam tram engines which were in any case
necessary on the town section in Portrush where it was impossible to provide
electric power since this was originally fed to the trains via an elevated
third rail which ran alongside the line. The ceremonial opening, using electric
traction, took place on 28 September 1883 although a full scheduled electric
service did not begin until 5 November and steam locomotives remained available
for use until at least 1926. The section from Bushmills to the Giant's Causeway
opened on 1 July 1887.
In 1895 a cyclist died of electric shock after coming into contact with the
conductor rail. At the subsequent enquiry it was revealed that the line voltage
varied from an average of 290 V up to 360 V, and the company agreed to a temporary
reduction in the voltage, which limited the number of services that could
be electrically worked. The third rail was replaced by overhead electric wire
using side poles from 26 July 1899, apparently initially at 250 V.Voltage
drop remained a problem and the tram was the subject of a song by the Irish
Rovers which comments on its slow speed.
After upgrading of the Bushmills generating station in 1907 it was possible
to produce a 550 V output.
This photograph has been posed for the photographer so that the people in
are not blurred due to the long exposure. Sat on the bench is most likely
the photographer's assistant with his arm leaning on a carrying case next
to a spare camera, this lets you see the size of the camera, imagine carrying
that around all day.