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Many thanks to Chris Hankin for this Friday’s photo of a boat washed ashore at Meols that follows on perfectly from last Friday’s image. Thanks to those of you who were able to identify the boat and explain her history.
Pictured above is the boat called Grey Lass (formerly Oldham if I’ve followed the comments correctly and as seen last week) washed up after a storm on the embankment past Meols slipway. It must’ve been some storm for a boat to be pushed up high onto the embankment …the recent storm sturges aren’t anything particularly new!
In fact, this old postcard (date unknown) kindly sent to me by Graham Price captures a stormy old day down on Meols prom:
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(I love of the old street lamps by the way; much more attractive than the ones we’ve got today I think.)
When was the last time that a boat was wrecked off Hoylake and Meols? In fact, were any boats badly damaged in the recent storms?
Request: Bit of a long-shot but does anyone have a photo of the Bennetts Lane area when, during a storm, the tide would come down the road and residents tried to keep the water out by putting sand bags at the tops of drives? This flooding was curtailed by the construction of the replacement embankment in the late 1970s, early 1980s. The original embankment, known as the Wallasey Embankment, was constructed between Meols and Leasowe during the 1840s (source – large .pdf file from Wirral Council)
Another request: Remember when they used to sell fresh fish at Meols slipway (approx 1978/9 I guess) …anyone got a photo?
Many thanks to John Roughsedge who sends additional photos of Grey Lass and comments:
Two photos of Grey Lass (?) on old embankment East of Bennett’s lane slipway, Meols. (not far from location of new coastguard station – Parade houses in background of stern view) These are consistent with photo already published in article. It can only be Winter 1954 at earliest – but before 1960. Photo’s appear to indicate “streamlined” cabin of RNLI Liverpool class lifeboat which has had a less “aerodynamic” wheelhouse structure added after taken out of service and sold to the fisherman.
From my recollections, High Spring Tides were not far below embankment seaward walkway, which was lower than current access roadway on the rebuilt 1970’s embankment, so waves could have lifted it on – or was this was best salvage attempt?