Beachcombing Blog

Very determined salvager needed.

March 28th, 2016 by

Well, it seems that despite my excellent Geography qualifications I have been wrong in thinking I ‘ve been at Bullslaughter Bay ( see previous posts) before today. A recent chance conversation led to my visiting the true Bullslaughter Bay today. What a lovely place !

The place I had wrongly identified is Flimston Bay and that’s about 15 mins from Stack Rock car park. Bullslaughter is about half an hour away but much easier of access ( no climbing required ) .


The photo above shows part of the beach at Bullslaughter.
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This next is the view continuing to the right.
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If you go round the right hand promontory you will see a second,smaller beach. If you carry on further up you will come to a partly flooded tunnel/arch which leads to a third, small beach. There are several caves on the way. All this requires a bit of rock hopping and time. Consequently it was done on a falling tide with plenty of time before low tide.
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Here’s the view looking back to the start from the furthest extent of the beach. I saw some pretty big items on my way across all three beaches.
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This is a bale of natural rubber sheets. There’s been lots posted in beachcombing circles about these and their provenance. This is much too big and heavy to attempt to shift on my own, so there it will stay till the sea moves it.
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These are some seriously big planks which are bolted together. In the region of 18 feet, 6 metres long and made of what looks like hardwood. You would need a floating crane or about 20 men to get these off.
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Same planks seen from edge on with my net rucksack ( and beachcombed contents ) hanging from them for scale. Chunky stuff !image
Here’s a small selection of what I got off the beach today. These are mostly fragments of advertising boards, at least two pictures worth by current usage. So the series “Mixed messages” will have to be extended.
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More of today’s haul, including what looks like an old, rather battered aluminium hub cap.Another big piece of advertising board and a trainer sole. Lovely stuff !
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As usual the best find came last. This one was actually on the edge of the car park ! I saw the star shaped end view of the fins poking up through the turf. I have actually found a very corroded one of these before, so I recognised it. I pulled it out of the turf, which took a while as there was about a 12inch 30 centimetres buried. Most of a mortar round ! Remember we are next to an Army,live firing, training ground.
I’ll have to make a nose cone for it and then it can truly be a ” love bomb “. Watch this space.