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The harbour was discovered by the [[Swallows]] during their initial exploration of Wild Cat Island, but they were only able to negotiate the entrance by careful trial and error. The [[Amazons]] were more knowledgeable about the harbour and had painted a cross on a stump which gave them [[leading lights|leading marks]] when combined with a distinctive fork in a tree. This allowed them to steer straight down the channel without having to worry about the rocks.
 
The harbour was discovered by the [[Swallows]] during their initial exploration of Wild Cat Island, but they were only able to negotiate the entrance by careful trial and error. The [[Amazons]] were more knowledgeable about the harbour and had painted a cross on a stump which gave them [[leading lights|leading marks]] when combined with a distinctive fork in a tree. This allowed them to steer straight down the channel without having to worry about the rocks.
   
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During the [[war between the Swallows and Amazons]] in ''[[Swallows and Amazons]]'', [[John Walker]] realised that by adding lights to the secret marks, ''[[Swallow]]'' could use the harbour at night. However, it was the Amazons who eventually made use of the leading lights.
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During the war between the Swallows and Amazons in ''[[Swallows and Amazons]]'', [[John Walker]] realised that by adding lights to the secret marks, the [[Swallow]] could use the harbour at night. However, it was the Amazons who eventually made use of the leading lights.
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==Native prototype==
 
   
 
The original of the Secret Harbour is located at the south end of [[Peel Island]] on [[Coniston Water]].
 
The original of the Secret Harbour is located at the south end of [[Peel Island]] on [[Coniston Water]].

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