NS1969 : Storm at Wemyss Bay

taken 1 year ago, near to Wemyss Bay, Inverclyde, Great Britain

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Storm at Wemyss Bay
Storm at Wemyss Bay
Wemyss Bay railway station is in the right distance.
Wemyss Bay concrete beach

The short stretch of beach at Wemyss Bay road (known locally as 'The Private Road') has an interesting wartime history. The following two paragraphs are extracts from the Secret Scotland web site...

"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."

Two wide concrete ramps leading from the road to the beach are still in place, but much of the concrete on the beach itself has been broken up over the years by storms and tidal actions. Some rusted metal devices (possibly remains of winches or winding gear) remain embedded in the concrete on the beach.

The Friends of Wemyss Bay Station web site has a great photo showing military tanks on the beach LinkExternal link and adds further information that landing craft as well as Sunderland and Catalina flying boats also used the beach for training purposes during WWII. The same site mentions that the adjacent 'Dunavertie' house was commandeered by MI6 for use as an HQ during WWII.

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Saturday, 8 February, 2020   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 21 March, 2021
Geographical Context
Railways  Air, Sky, Weather  Estuary, Marine 
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Beach 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 1936 6921 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:52.9239N 4:53.3712W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 1932 6929
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