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#439525 - 27th Oct 2010 10:39am MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES
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What happened to the dissarmed naval mines that used to be used around the Wirral as charity collection boxes? There was one in New Brighton with no horns (magnetic mine?) and one with horns maybe at Woodside Ferry and then there was a huge 16 or 18 inch shell located I think at Seacombe ferry. Where did they go?

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#439536 - 27th Oct 2010 11:29am Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: tigertiger1953]
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Spotted one near the jetty in Girvan last week, but they seem to be a rarity now. Like most of the others that seem to have vanished, it was a big collection box for the RNLI. That was the first one I've seen for years either on the Wirral or up here.

Yes tiger, the one at Woodside had it's horns on. I suspect they were brass dummy ones, as the originals were quite thin brass tubes. Just a cover for the glass tube within, known as a Hertz Tube. When the glass is broken, acid inside instantly activates a basic battery and fires the detonator. Alarm and despondency follows immediately !

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#439577 - 27th Oct 2010 6:05pm Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: ]
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There is still one on the quay at Conway, in front of The Liverpool Arms.

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#439601 - 27th Oct 2010 8:01pm Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: Tatey]
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....and there was one at Moelfre on Anglesey, although I haven't been for several years.

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#439602 - 27th Oct 2010 8:53pm Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: 24424m]
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my late dad used to work for the council and there was at least one dumped in the dock road depot - few years ago though

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#439612 - 27th Oct 2010 10:19pm Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: bazzoh]
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That might be the one from New Brighton. How sad.

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#439616 - 27th Oct 2010 10:36pm Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: tigertiger1953]
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If I remember correctly, there is a big bomb collecting box at Fort Perch Rock, I'm probably wrong (and DD will correct me as he was there at the same time as I) but I think it was there.

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#440464 - 31st Oct 2010 11:16pm Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: ]
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One at Saltburn from a few weeks ago:


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#440465 - 31st Oct 2010 11:31pm Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: w10694]
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One at Saltburn from a few weeks ago:



Thanks, always wondered what they looked like, bigger than i thought happy
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#440466 - 31st Oct 2010 11:37pm Re: MINES AS COLLECTING BOXES [Re: _Ste_]
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They usually have spikes on them. There are some at Witherensea - perhaps it's a Yarkshire thing !

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