|"Going for a Sail, Morecambe"|
so I take you sailing in the northern hemisphere. From the flags on Central Pier, the well wrapped spectators and the run of the tide I would guess you could get up a good few knots up skimming across Morecambe Bay on the day of the photograph.
[Update thanks to Scriptor Senex's information in the comments. The job is not varnishing a passing herald as he carries his message but a Heald Varnisher an occupation of the textile mills. It is part of a weaving loom, after knitting the healds were varnished and put in a special oven. See here ]
I have a soft spot for Morecambe because I spent some happy times at the seaside there as a child and I too arrived by train. I don't remember the piers, either this central one or the West End Pier which was washed away after a storm in 1978 but a vividly remember the donkeys and riding them up and down the beach. There is one water structure that survives which probably enforces that biblical admonition to build upon rock
The Stone Jetty is the remains of the original harbour that was built around 1853 the reason for the original goods railway line being built which later that century would eventually bring the pleasure seekers.. I think boating pools are quite rare today although I did spend a happy time licking my ice cream and watching small yachts being sailed on one in Suffolk last year. Today the Stone Jetty is still popular, there is a café by the lighthouse and of course it is THE place to lean against the railings at the end and gaze at the Lakeland hills across the water. Instead of the boating pool and an anchor there are a series of artist inspired pavement games, a inset compass and stone cormorants sitting on the railings.