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Water works

Permanently impounding Torbay's inner harbour involves more than just building a gate across its entrance. The piers themselves, basically rubble faced with stone, were far from impermeable and could undermine the effect of any new gate. And even if this problem could be solved, such a massive change to the hydrological regime is bound to have side effects.

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