River Esk – Whitby Harbour Frozen Over !!

December 21st 2010 – View All Our Whitby Photo Galleries Here

Over night low temperatures of -10 in Whitby led to the harbour being totally frozen over this morning. Whitby resembled Siberia today when the whole harbour above the bridge was frozen solid.

Its now over 30 years since the harbour was frozen like this and it is being said that this is the first time Whitby harbour has frozen over in December with most of the past winter lows being in the later months of January and February.

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river esk covered in ice

Siberia comes to Whitby.

Whitby esk frozen over

Two cobbles in the frozen River Esk

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Ice surrounds the boats on Whitby's east side

A frozen river Esk - December 2010

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A Frozen River Esk This Morning

Frozen ice on the river esk at whitby

Ice On The Esk Around The New Bridge

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river esk under ice

Frozen Esk Gallery. Please click for larger images.

4 Responses to "River Esk – Whitby Harbour Frozen Over !!"

  1. Les Spedding  December 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Allrighty then, I’m an old git, I went to St Michaels primary school which was situated about 100m from the Fleece pub, the North end of the existing car park, the esk froze over what seemed like every winter, when we played football in the playground it was a common occurence that someone had to go over to the Midland bank side to retreive the ball from over the fence.
    There were upsides to this as in May/June we could always go crabbing at lunchtime and leave them in a tin can at the top of the slip to pick up on our way home then straight down to Tate Hill Pier to catch flatties we can now only dream about, in size and numbers.

  2. Bernard Stebbing  December 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Great pics Glen – I enjoyed looking at them. Watersplatter is correct that in the 60s the upper harbour used to freeze some winters but it’s obviously rare now. Les I used to love float fishing for flounders with lobworms for bait – by the Shipyard or Viaduct on a summers day and sport was non stop but I never got one over a pound – you were knocking out 2lbers on peeler weren’t you? There were always big salmon leaping around in those days too – none ever took my worm

  3. Ian Alexander  December 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Somw stunning photos there….great stuff

  4. Bernard Stebbing  December 27, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I’ve sent the link to these photos to all our family who were brought up in Whitby and all are likewise amazed! Must have been like this in 63/64 winter but I was living in Sandsend which was like siberia all of Jan/Feb and all we had was a coal fire!!


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