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Deal Sea Front.

Deal is renowned (or rather, infamous) as a smuggling town. The Deal Boatmen would stand by as ships were left to flounder on the Goodwin Sands in the English Channel, the crews and passengers to drown, then they would set-off in their luggers to reap the spoils. These boats were easily able to negotiate the treacherous sand banks and could out-run the Revenue Men's vessels. Consequently, in 1784 Pitt the Younger sent soldiers to Deal to smash and burn the boats as they sat on the beach at Deal.

The Timeball Tower,Situated on Deal's historic seafront.

The site where the Timeball Tower stands has long been used as a signalling site. As long ago as Tudor times bonfires were lit on the shingle beach close by to advise ships in the Downs anchorage of the arrival of mail.

Deal is a town in Kent, England which lies on the English Channel, eight miles north-east of Dover and eight miles south of Ramsgate.

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