Captain Taylor's Breakwater off Hove, Sussex.
In December, 1844, a Captain Taylor experimented with a breakwater off Hove.
It was placed at a distance of a mile and a quarter from the shore and nearly parallel to it. Captain Taylor himself, in the tug "Monkey", superintended the work of placing it into position. Two men were stationed on it to keep a light burning to warn vessels - lucky them, huh!
The times were certainly inventive and always pushed the boundaries of what could be achieved with the limited tools of the day. Schemes such as this may have been somewhat foolish as we look back from our present day, but then, it must have been such a daring enterprise, showing the 'mettle' of men like Captain Taylor which England can be thankful for. That aside of course, I have no further information on this captain to establish his character and his intentions whilst performing this task.