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Thursday 14 May 2015
Friday 2 August 2013
During World War II, mine watchers posts were built along the banks of the Clyde from Greenock to Glasgow, many of them still remain in various states of repair.
The posts usually have the same deign, undressed brick with a concrete slab on the roof, a narrow aperture allowing a view of the river.
This particular post is at Steamboat Quay Port Glasgow.
Tuesday 16 July 2013
Tuesday 19 April 2011
A concrete beach was created at Wemyss Bay during World War II, to provide a durable area where amphibious vehicles and landing craft could transition between land and sea. This would have been part of the preparations made by Combined Operations.
The weight of military vehicles, particularly if loaded with supplies, troops, munitions or armour, and the repeated passage of heavily treaded tyres, or tracks, would soon destroy an unprotected soft or sandy beach with a loose surface, rendering it useless. By laying a reinforced concrete surface over the original beach, it was possible to stabilise such areas, and use them continuously.
Here is a short account of someone who lived in the area at the time.
Information courtesy of secret Scotland.
Wednesday 16 March 2011
ASR-10 is an air-sea rescue craft built during World War II in 1942. It was constructed by Carrier Engineering and was one of a number of craft which were moored at strategic points off Britain’s east coast. Once in place these craft served as refuges for aircrews which ditched their aeroplanes into the sea. ASR-10 would have been fitted out with bunks, radio equipment, basic cooking facilities, dry clothes, food, and other essential provisions to ensure that the airmen remained as comfortable as possible before being picked up by a rescue vessel.
Thursday 21 October 2010
During World War II, a line of mine watcher posts were built along the banks of the Clyde from Greenock to Glasgow. Most of them have been demolished or fallen into the river due to bank erosion especially in the upper reaches of the Clyde, but a few still remain although in a poor condition and normally vandalised.
The posts mainly have the same design, being built in rough brick with a concrete roof and a 12 inch slit on the front facing the river, presumably they were manned by the homegaurd.