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Gordon Selby: The Luckiest Survivor of WW2? April 2, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Gordon Selby: The Luckiest Survivor of WW2?

Long, long ago I did an article on the unluckiest individuals in history. But spurred on by the Gannet Club I’ve started to think in terms of the luckiest and I’ve come across an absolute winner, Gordon Selby, a much decorated son of a Wiltshire farrier. GS (obit 2007) was twenty when the Second World […]

Submarine Weapons Before Torpedoes: Gloves, Javelins and Greek Fire February 13, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Submarine Weapons Before Torpedoes: Gloves, Javelins and Greek Fire

Even the first submarine pioneers recognised that there would be a military applications for crafts glidingly silently unnoticed under the water. But the question was how on earth do you get to blow up the enemy flagship? On land there was everything from machetes to canons, and rocks to catapults. But under the waves human […]

Taxis in the Mid Atlantic August 19, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Taxis in the Mid Atlantic

Haunting scene from the Battle of the Atlantic

The Day Wager April 8, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Day Wager

A recent post that has haunted Beachcombing was that concerning an early submarine exploring a world of Merfolk near the Isle of Man in the seventeenth century. What most interested Beachcombing was not curiously the mermaids, welcome as they were, but the fact that an innovative technology had slipped unnoticed into an eighteenth-century Manx folk […]

Mermaids Sighted from Early Submarine March 21, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Mermaids Sighted from Early Submarine

Beachcombing promised a month ago a mermaid text from the Isle of Man that would amaze one and all. And what Beachcombing particularly likes about the following eighteenth-century description is the way that the we have not only mermaids but also a ‘submarine’, using the word very loosely, that makes an appearance a century before such vehicles had […]

Dowsing for Submarines September 17, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Dowsing for Submarines

Beachcombing, in his hoarding way, has been storing up references to the military use of dowsing over the past months: indeed, he has already posted on the question of British dowsing for machine guns in the Second World War and hopes to come soon to the fraught question of dowsing for land mines this fall. […]