Image © Bob Jones
Latitude: 52º 54'N
Longitude: 04º 09'W
Usage: Leisure, Fishing
About Borth-Y-GestBorth-y-Gest lies a mile west of Porthmadog on the estuary of the River Glaslyn. In the small harbour, around which the village is built in a semi-circle, a number of boats are moored in the summer, and a former slate storage shed now houses the Maritime Museum.
Borth-y-Gest was, by the latter 19th century, already a minor centre for shipbuilding. A small number of sailing vessels, mostly schooners, were built there for the local slate trade.
Ships were built in Borth-Y-Gest before Porthmadog was established and there were four busy yards here. Houses were built in the mouth of the harbour for the 'pilots' so that they could keep a lookout for ships that needed their attention. The houses are still known as "pilot houses".
The small harbour only fills with water at high tide.
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