Author Topic: No - it can't be! (Seaplane Base?)  (Read 3756 times)

Nelson

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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2018, 07:20:41 pm »
Very valid point Spinalman. The only one westwards I know of is this that frustratingly just misses the location.... but I'm putting out an appeal for any others that may show them.

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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2018, 08:46:25 am »
There seems to be a large slipway in that area ?
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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2018, 04:45:53 pm »
In WW1 there was an RNAS seaplane base at Newhaven.

The two hangars that were built there looked very much like shortened versions of our two mystery buildings here at Shoreham.

Hence is it possible that our buildings are hangars associated with a new seaplane base that was still under construction at the end of hostilities and was then consequently abandoned ?


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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2018, 06:57:49 pm »
That's just what I'm thinking Lofty.

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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2018, 07:28:09 pm »
Nelson, I don't know if you have bumped into' Paddy' ( Many a joke made about 'Her field' when we got flooded out !).... but she is a wealth of information about Shoreham and lived over on the beach as a youngster,she might have an idea?
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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2018, 09:56:28 am »
I have just seen this thread and wondered where Mr Ripley was standing to take the photo. Obviously the waters edge at low tide and usefully the centre of the suspension bridge aligns with the southern end of the footbridge. I have used that location as a viewpoint in GE with an old (1940's) map overlaid as a reference. The red line is the centre view and the blue line is roughly where the large buildings are.

Sorry about the poor image quality, that is all this website will allow.

An interesting exercise but I am not sure it helps :)

Hmmm, the image does not appear in preview so here is a linkhttps://1drv.ms/u/s!AtcxErupGaCfgdUrYTil9QqOqTSmNg

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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2018, 10:04:31 am »
Brian, I agree-  that is where my map predictions pointed to.
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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2018, 11:00:19 am »
Yes Paul, I should have acknowledge that I confirm your prediction.

I have now added a triangulation using the northern end of the footbridge and this also confirms Ripley's location. So we can be confident the big buildings were within the rectangle inside the blue circle on this 1933 map.

Will just have to wait for Roger to explain what they were for.
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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2018, 07:28:36 pm »
In WW1 seaplane bases were constructed along the south coast. 
The idea was that the seaplanes would provide escort and protection for ships using the channel as they were prone to attack from u-boats.

The nearest seaplane bases to us were located at Newhaven and Lee on Solent.

Hence it is possible that the two hangers under discussion here were erected as part of a new seaplane base which would be provided to increase coverage for the shipping.  Shoreham would have been a good location for such a base, being located between the two existing sites and also in close proximity to the airport with all the support and expertise that could be called upon when required.

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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2018, 08:12:47 am »
The maps do not show the large slipway seen in the original photograph which would indicate that it had been silted over due to lack of use
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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2018, 04:48:44 pm »
Sorry johnjohn I've only just seen your earlier post suggesting asking Paddy - will do.
Re. the slipway - do you mean that white bit at the end of the footbridge as I think that's just the concreted end of it.
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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2018, 07:48:13 pm »
The hard lines between the centre of the buildings to nearly the end of the one to the right also one at the river waterline joining them,but its not very clear !
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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2018, 07:17:10 am »
Ah - I see what you mean. Magnified part of the photo attached.

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Re: No - it can't be!
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2018, 08:07:29 am »
Can you see horizontal lines on the slipway......ridges to provide a grip ?
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