Second World War
Dumfries and Galloway


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.
As described. Photographs taken 1.5 hours prior to low tide.



Submitted photographs

Image Date Caption User
View of flying boat slipway (north) 19/04/2023 View of flying boat slipway (north) joannahambly
View of flying boat slipway (north)
One and a half hours before low tide 19/04/2023 One and a half hours before low tide joannahambly
One and a half hours before low tide

Submitted updates

Update id Date User
4475 19/04/2023 joannahambly
Description Photos one and a hal hours prior to low tide.
736 07/02/2013 public
Tidal state Low
Site located? Yes
Proximity to coast edge Intertidal
Coastally eroding? active sea erosion; has eroded in the past; accreting
Coastal defence Yes
Threats structural damage/decay
Visibility above ground Limited visibility (partial remains)
Access easily accessible - no restrictions
Local knowledge has local associations/history
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.
Comments This interesting structure now serves a useful function as a nursary bed for mussels and other shellfish.

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