Photo Challenge #133

Last week’s photo challenge was easy. You might call it a “clam dunk.”

Richard Hyman’s photo showed devices under the 2nd wooden bridge at Sherwood Mill Pond, just before Compo Cove.

They were described variously as a “sluice gate,” “pumps,” “pond gates,” “lock system,” “flood control gates” and “water control mechanism.”

Actually they’re electric gates, installed around 1990. They replaced hand cranks.

Craig Clark provided important context:

They are neither locks or flood gates, but gates to keep water in the pond after high tide. The escaping water was then used to run the grist mill. On an incoming tide there was about 2 feet of clearance under the gates. Many of us swam under them, much to the distaste of the lifeguards.

As the tide changed, the gates would close and hold water back, hence the name Mill Pond. The gates were raised yearly to flush out the pond and allow any repair work to be done to the stone coffer dams, and flush out some of the other stuff that would accumulate.

The Mill Pond has gotten a lot shallower over the years, due to sand coming from Compo Cove and the state park. Farmers used to harvest the salt hay that grows on the flats, and the channels were cut for mosquito control. The Mill Pond is one of Westport’s and the state’s true treasures.

Congratulations to the 24 alert readers — a record! — who knew their onions: Fred Cantor, Luke Garvey, Lisa Marie Alter, Vanessa Wilson, Matt Murray, Craig Clark, Andrew Colabella, Rich Stein, Bob Stalling, Susan Granger, Robert Mitchell, John Brandt, Martin Gitlin, Stan Skowronski, Jill Turner Odice, Antony Lantier, Julie Fatherley, Peter Swift, Jay Tormey, Joelle Malec, Michael, Pettee, Rosalie Kaye, Linda Amos and Don Jacobs. (Click here for the photo, and all responses.)

Since last week’s photo challenge was so easy, here’s a tough one. If you recognize this sign, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Paul Curtis)

18 responses to “Photo Challenge #133

  1. Michael Calise

    Westport Ireland

  2. Michael Calise

    Sorry Westport in Michigan

  3. Westport, New York. West shore Lake Champlain?

  4. Mary Ann Batsell

    Westport, Mass.

  5. Westport NY train station

  6. Nancy Hunter

    Westport, Ontario!

    • If it were Westport Ontario it would be made of limestone like nearly everything else in that town.

      • Nancy Hunter

        Just a stone’s throw away from the Shield granite, Limestone, by the way, is lovely, no?

  7. The Merrit toll booth.

  8. Nancy Hunter

    Dirty pool! Isn’t the photo challenge supposed to highlight Westport, CT, not Westport, NY?

  9. John Kelley

    It’s the railroad station in Westport NY. I knew it wasn’t the Westport CT RR station. I took a train through Westport NY when I was in college in 1967, returning from a college sponsored trip to Expo in Montreal. A google search proved my hunch to be correct

  10. The train station in Westport, New York is correct! But the other Westport guesses around the world weren’t too bad. A bit of fun on a midsummer day.

  11. Lynda Hennessey

    Westport, NY on Lake Champlain and home to Camp Dudley.

  12. Linda D. Parker

    Westport, Washington…! Great ocean fishing starts here