Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The Broadstairs Bomb

The Broadstairs "bomb" really gave Broadstairs a bit of limelight in what was a dreary easter weekend. On reading the news on teletext it did make me chuckle as I remembered when I once found a mortar bomb bomb in Viking bay many years ago on the low water mark. I found the mortar at the start of a very promising metal detecting session so instead of reporting it I picked it up and placed it further up the beach with the intention of giving the authorities a bell when I finished metal detecting. Somehow I totaly forgot all about it, and it wasn't until I got home and heard it on the news that the beach had been evacuated I remembered. How could I be so forgetful ?
But then finding mortar bombs is no big deal. When I first started metal detecting it was not unusual to find mortar bombs on the coastline, I reckon I must have found well over 40 over a period of 30 years.There are 2 sorts, smoke and HE. The smoke mortars are nothing more than a spent firework and resemble the real thing except there are four holes by the fin and they are harmless. The HE are distinctive by their weight and there are no holes by the tail fin, I have found only 3 of them in the past and they were dealt with by the authorities straight away except for the one at Broadstairs.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Starfish on the beach

It is interesting reading the comments in the "locals"regarding starfish on the beach. One commentator blamed dredging, but I am not so sure. Starfish have always died in large numbers as far as I can remember and the population then returns with vengance as any fishermen can confirm. In my fishing days I came remember shooting the nets over a high water and to find the cod caught by the gills in the net still alive and smoothered in starfish. Starfish when on the move smoother the sea bed like a blanket sucking the life out of anything that cannot move out of the way.
On a different subject I can remember when after a storm at minnis bay in the 1970's there was a band of cockles about a meter wide on the high water mark all the way to Reculver. As the tides moved into neaps the vast majority died and were eaten by sea birds. Within 18 months there were just as many cockles on the low water mark as before the storm with one exception they were bigger.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Margate Museum is it the end?

The Margate Civic society spring newsletter makes the announcement that there is a "Temporary reprieve for Margate Museum". It appears that TDC have decided to give the EKMT a one off payment of £20,000 for 2008/9 and no more after that. I am not sure whether EKMT has to produce accounts for the £20,000 but then that is a different story. The problem is how are the museums going to stay open, bearing mind they pay insurance on the TDC collection of around £8,000 and employ staff.
It does point to closure of at least one, but closing a museum is not like closing a carpet shop. It is not a matter of closing the doors and having a clearance sale. The Margate collection is valued at least £500,000 and I suspect the £20,000 is a payment to cover the winding down till the end of the summer season.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Grenham Bay chalk stack.







Various veiws of the Grenham Bay chalk stack, sadly no longer with us. All four images are from the Sunbeam collection housed in the Margate Museum. In the arial picture the chalk stack is in the bottom left.



Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Before the Winter Gardens were built


There are many images of the cliffs before the Winter Gardens were built. This photograph is one of the sharpest I have seen and in the distance are the Walpole Bay bathing machines ran by the Pettmans. The picture was taken from Fort Point.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Palm Bay 1938 house prices


This add comes from a Margate 1938 guide, The Palm Bay estates ltd are offering a selection of houses ranging from £875 to £3ooo. The original guide is in the Margate Museum archive.