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Pembroke Dock

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, October 04, 2018 23:37:28

'Roving reporter' Andrew from South Wales has been to Pembroke Dock recently. I hope to get there at some point but until then, with thanks to Andrew, here is his take on the museum there:

Pembroke Dock played host to a flying boat and seaplane dock during the 1930s and 40s. This was the country's largest dock of it's kind.

The first thing that you will notice is that it's only a small museum that is based in the old (pre-RAF) chapel that is within the old dockyard. Numerous other buildings are still extant, but they are mostly used for commercial purposes, with the exception of the storehouse that was later a customs house and is now used by the border enforcement agency. By all accounts, there is a flying boat shipwrecked within the dock. However, it is too difficult to recover it as the ferry operations (four a day) cannot be disturbed. However, divers have managed to retrieve one of the guns. All in all, it's quite an interesting little museum and worth a visit if you are in the area. If anybody is totally ignorant of the existence of flying boats ( I must admit that I was ) they will find it quite an eye opener!




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