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Britain’s secret bomb graveyard

July 7, 2017

My blog on life in the Wigtownshire village of Cairn Ryan way back in the second half of the last century (God, but I’m getting old) has stirred me to reminisce on a shameful sequel to the Second World War.

At the possible risk of the Official Secrets Act, I confess to being a witness to the Army’s misuse of the Irish Sea as a giant dumping ground for thousands of tons of ammunition ranging from huge bombs to crates of phosphorous flares.

When the weather was fine, and no one was around to be witness, TLCs (tank landing craft) would leave the small military port on the eastern shore of Scotland’s Loch Ryan and head towards Northern Ireland.  Halfway across the Irish Sea the bow ramps would be lowered and the explosive cargo rolled/thrown out.

Mostly all went well…  unseen and unknown.

Until, that is, the wooden crates carrying the flares eventually disintegrated and their contents bobbed southwards to come ashore on the Welsh beaches. Which was somewhat unfortunate and embarrassing.

I don’t recollect the result of the  official cover-up, if, that is, there ever was one.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 10, 2017 2:20 pm

    No doubt this matter became a bit of a flare-up


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