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Activity 1: Cooper's Coastal Map

Ernest Read Cooper, author of 'Storm Warriors of the Suffolk Coast', was both Honorary Secretary for the lifeboat at Southwold and owner of his own yacht. He often sailed the Suffolk coast and was familiar with its idiosyncracies.

For the original printing of the book, he drew a map which was printed for the inside covers. We've reproduced that map here.

It shows most of the towns, villages and sandbanks he mentions in the text, as they were in 1937. It is obviously just a sketch map and not a chart; as sailors of the East Anglia coast will know, the sandbanks are constantly moving and a regular check of charts and update of navigation system software is essential for safe navigation. The map might help with the navigation of the book, though certainly not the coast if at sea!

The map is orientated with north to the left, being drawn to conveniently fit inside the from and back covers of the original book.

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