"High Seas on Whitby's West Pier"
This photograph was taken before the addition of the pier extensions which were built around 1912. Prior to that time the full force of the sea was taken by the much older stone piers. The low rail running along the right side of the pier acted as a rubbing strip for the ropes which were used by gangs of men and boys to tow becalmed sailing vessels up the harbour.
The way in which this photograph was taken and the help required is mentioned in the Royal Photographic Society Memorial Lecture on Sutcliffe.