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Wig Bay Flying Boat Slipway North (12377)

Current Priority
3
East
203647
North
567783
Site Type
Slipway
Period
WW2, 1940

Approx. 30m wide, 145m long slipway, oriented NNW SSE, constructed of fe reinforcing mesh. Mesh clearly visible in places, covered with sand, seaweed and young shellfish in others. Mesh not visible in northernmost 35m of structure. Structure appears to terminate approx. 65m from coast edge at boundary of intertidal zone and beach. Unlike the slipway c. 400m west of this example,there is no evidence of a concrete slab extending across the beach zone to the coast edge.

Condition and current recommendations:

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Other records:

NMRS
91781
SMR
Unknown

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7th February, 2013 by public
Survey Information
User:
public
Date:
Feb. 7, 2013
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past; accreting
Is there a coastal defence?:
yes
Other threats?:
structural damage/decay
Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions
The site is:
has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

This interesting structure now serves a useful function as a nursary bed for mussels and other shellfish.

Recommendations:

This important group of WW2 sites relating to the sea plane base are under threat from deterioration. The slipways are under extreme threat due to the iron mesh of construction and their location in the intertidal zone. They require survey and preservation by record. A small scale excavation to establish method of construction and extent of deterioration would be useful. Research photographs of the slipways in use. Priority 3.