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Offline jc101

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Re: Seaside mines.
« Reply #35 on: September 01, 2013, 11:00:14 »
Understand TowerWill.
Drop me a line if you want to know anyhing more about the New Tavern Fort or the Civil Defence Bunker in Gravesend.

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« Reply #34 on: September 01, 2013, 08:17:00 »
Thankyou for your kind reply jc101! I know two tablets can get me by train to Newport S.W by train. But then we stayed with friends and came back another day. Unfortunately that's what life can be like after the bowel cancer op. I used to visit places like Chatham's Fort Amherst (using my privilege travel card) when i was fit. I'll have a read up on the New Tavern Fort.

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« Reply #33 on: August 31, 2013, 22:17:39 »
Maybe next year TowerWill...
Let me know if you do, and I will see if I am around that day...

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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2013, 16:44:48 »
Thankyou for the info jc101! I shall bear it in mind if I'm up that way at weekends. We don't stray far beyond East Kent these days however.
The Big C and the surgeon's good work mean I have to plan ahead to go further afield.

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« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2013, 12:52:32 »
Towerwill, you can also visit the underground magazines & tunnels at the New Tavern Fort on Saturdays & Sundays from April to September, noon till 5pm for 1.
I am one of the volunteers there.

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« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2013, 08:36:16 »
Thankyou colin haggart! I can't recall ever visiting that site.

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« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2013, 23:04:41 »
Towerwill, I can tell you, it's at New Tavern Fort in Gravesend.

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« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2013, 12:16:20 »
Where's your mine located Merc? Interesting fortifications behind it.

Offline Ron Stilwell

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« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2013, 11:37:43 »
Many of these mines were found by the mine team at Ramsgate.  A new shore base, called H.M.S. Fervent, was commissioned in October, 1939, and was locally called, 'Vernon's Private Navy' .  It operated a number of armed mine-sweeping trawlers of the Royal Navy Patrol Service.  Among the mine recovery flotilla craft based at Ramsgate were the Fisher Boy, Formidable, Jaketa, Lord Cavan, Ray of Hope and Silver Dawn.  Unfortunately the Ray of Hope hit a mine and was lost with all hands in November 1939.

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« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2013, 10:52:25 »
Far Away   -

Plate on a mine in British West Hartlepool a few weeks ago.

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« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2012, 08:46:24 »
I believe that many of the mines were operated by the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners' Royal Benevolent Society (also known as Shipwrecked Mariners' Society), and they still have some today dotted around the coast of Britain. I just checked their website and it has a red and white mine symbol over on the right hand side.

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« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2012, 08:52:12 »
Whilst camping at Leysdown in the fifties one of these was washed ashore
at the bottom of our field during the night, blew up and scared the living
daylights out of us.

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« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2012, 12:16:32 »
There used to be one of these painted in the same colours at the top of Leysdown, opposite the Rose and Crown public house. I have asked many people including locals where it went but no one seems to know. There is one of these mines in the gardens by the House at Home pub in Queenborough but it is part of the memorial to the minesweepers that were based in the area. This one is painted black and has no means of money collection like the old red and white ones. See the front of this thread.

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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2012, 11:46:28 »
When I was a youngster back in the 70s(ish) there used to be a huge contact mine painted red and white which was used as a charity collection box. It dissapeared some time ago. I wonder does anyone know what happened to it.
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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2012, 23:12:20 »
Not technically at the seaside, but there is one outside the front door of the R.E. Museum!
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