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Old 28 October 2006, 08:51   #1
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Very unwelcome catch

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6093914.stm

Amazing to think there are still wartime mines around. Just imagine the fishermen's shock when they found it in their nets.

There was a 1 mile exclusion zone in place - blew it up at 11.45am. Hell of a bang but don't know if the mine was still live or if it was just the charges.

I did find one years ago nearby under Mumbles pier but the casing was empty. There is also a dummy bouncing bomb on the beach near Whitford point just opposite where I keep my boat.
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There's a pic of the mine in the net on the MCA website

http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-pr...E1&m=10&y=2006


On the subject of exploding things - anyone heard anything about Weymouth being closed? I'm sure there was something about it being closed because of ordinance on the radio today?
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Good find - seems the mine was live after all - obviously the firing mechaism wasn't though - the trawler was steel after all....
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Yep........ Bet his legs and back ache......

After gripping his butt cheeks together for a couple of hours with that one off the stern !
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Even more unwelcome, but for a different reason !!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/6096518.stm
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Even more unwelcome, but for a different reason !!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/6096518.stm
That's incredible - sounds like something off Mythbusters!!! I think they had an article about a diver being scooped up by a helicopter fighting a forest fire - didn't see it myself though.
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That's incredible - sounds like something off Mythbusters!!! I think they had an article about a diver being scooped up by a helicopter fighting a forest fire - didn't see it myself though.
oh it was a good show... but was busted.
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On the subject of exploding things - anyone heard anything about Weymouth being closed? I'm sure there was something about it being closed because of ordinance on the radio today?
http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-ne...3F&m=10&y=2006

I bet there's a good few of those waiting to pop up. A few years back I worked with a guy who crewed on the torpedo test recovery boat in Portland back in the 50's-he said they used to test fire them with blank warheads set to run on the surface. The boathad a pair of merlins in it :Eek:
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It's suprising just how many WWII vintage bonbs etc are still live.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/24/wo...24germany.html

Particularly bad in Germany. God help them if they come across the biggest bomb ever built - the Grand Slam which was 22,000lbs!!! It could penetrate down about 100' - apparently the crater produced would need 5,000 tons to fill it back in!!!
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I wonder if his insurance paid up for new nets!

There is still loads of stuff down here too, but they never used any sea mines. However, one of the biggest minefields is right alongside where I go in and out of the outer harbour (ok, where I USED to go in and out...) in my boat and plastic landmines apparently float, so one would assume that if you wallop them at 30 something knots they might well go bang

Hey, maybe the Argies will pay for a new set of tubes if I can blame them for the hole
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