Credit: Cobourg Tourism
The Langevin Pier was built by the Federal Government to protect the Harbour. It was completed in 1876, but an extension undertaken in 1882-83 brought it to its present length, so that it now encloses what is called the “west basin”. This provides an area where a multitude of activities take place, being a sanctuary for wildlife, nature lovers and small craft users.
It is evident in the picture that part of the west basin or inner harbour is quite shallow. Cobourg owns a dredger called the Marie Dressler, named after the famous Hollywood actress. Marie was born in Cobourg and went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in the 1930 comedy Min and Bill. She became widely known as Tugboat Annie, the character who starred in the 1933 film of the same name. Her namesake, the dredger, is used to keep the whole harbour navigable.