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Harding Rock and Little Harding Rock are actually the boundaries of the shipping channel. Most of the shipping channels are 80 + feet deep. I'd add that while the rocks the Italian captain hit were not marked with buoys, they were charted and there apparently was a well known tradition of cruise ships steaming closer than they should to land to provide the local village with a view of passing ships. Sounds like showboating to me. (all puns being what they are.
Yes, and being on the boundary, Harding happens to be marked. Shag and Arch, being closer to the center of the channel (where the ships happen to be), are not. "Showboating" (seems absolutely ridiculous to me!) or not, big ships in frequent proxity to shallow rocks seems like a good argument for marking or blasting! If the only ships that use the channel draw 25 feet or less, then I understand. Otherwise, it seems to me like an accident waiting to happen!
Last edited by L124C; 02-02-2012 at 06:04 AM.