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  1. #21
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    magnet fishing sounds quite idyllic compared to fishing in the solent----in 7 years i caught----one 4 inch shell unused---ours------one 500 lb bomb----theirs-----one 16 foot torpedo---ours ---3 nasty looking incendiary? bombs---theirs-----one 24 lb cannonball ---ours-----plus lots of interesting/unusual but definitely unwanted crap

  2. #22
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Sounds impressive but highly dangerous!And a better place to 'fish'than a river.
    What did you do re the 500 pounder?
    Iron Canons and cannon balls could be worth a bob or two if polished up.
    But one has to be careful against shipwreck laws war graves and suchlike.
    Mines sea or otherwise might also be a bit of a hazard one imagines?
    Perhaps an investigation with an underwater drone first might avail?

  3. #23
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Hogwash by name...

  4. #24
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Hogwash View Post
    If you see them report them.
    To whom? The head teacher?
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

  5. #25
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    picked up what looked like a large cruddy rock---went to move it and it split revealing the bomb in remarkably good condition ----did the same as with all rubbish---- dumped at the nearest buoy but this time going past at full speed----two of us managed to roll over the side------the cannonball was caught up porchester creek----in time past the gunnery school at whale island used to set up targets in portsmouth harbour------the torpedo was strapped to the side of the boat and given to HMS vernon----now gun wharf---after a lot of form filling and and six months i got a reward from the navy--------the cannonball resides at the side of my fire annoying my wife as she has to dust round it

  6. #26
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Hogwash View Post
    So presumably you give your 'SatNav'Position so they can find you?
    Like pitch black 3 and half miles from any driveable track
    hidden under a 3 mile long canopy of dense vegetation
    with impassable barbed wire one side and yards of bank the other,
    um like its sorta green and muddy.
    The roots blcoking the hell hole path dont help as they
    block bicycles though BIKE would be the best way in.
    If you find it frightening don’t go there. Retreat to the safety of Costa......

  7. #27
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Quote Originally Posted by Robih View Post
    If you find it frightening don’t go there. Retreat to the safety of Costa......
    Expect a rant about Costa very soon

  8. #28
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Costa in Abingdon made me chuckle with their sign that boasts the coffee is roasted in London. It felt like a quaint time warp boast along the lines of American jeans or the latest fashion from Paris.
    Harry is very fortunate to live there. The only boats I saw this weekend were Clippers and Belfast.

  9. #29
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  10. #30
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Hogwash View Post
    PS I first became aware of the precarious situation of Emergency Services or lack therefof
    along The Thames Footpath when walking the Thames Path.
    At one point I found myself in thick jungle with trees 300'tall
    about 3 and a half miles from any other human being.
    I was bound in by an uncrossable barbed wire fence on one side and the river on the other.
    A narrow path about half a mile long.
    The surrounding vegetation made approach by Vehicle or Helicopter across fields and jungle out of the question.
    I carried no mobile phone.
    The summer vegetation was so tall I could not be seen more than a few yards ahead.
    Now I think a Thames Police launch patrol ends at Twickenham and there is none further downriver.
    I would have been reassured spotting an inflatable Police dinghy cruising up and down at least.
    But no.
    No posters.No numbers for like Coastguard,nothing.
    If it was at night that an emergency occurred multiply all this difficulty times 100.
    It was at this point that the thought occurred to me in the still silence,"Crikey this is dangerous!"
    I know there is a Bee nest two miles away, but i still walk there just to raise the point))))

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