Naval Shells and Mines
Some Still Exist
but not in Edinburgh
"I was interested to read James McEwan's
questions concerning old naval mines and artillery shells used as
collection boxes. I also remember them,
but had forgotten all about them.
A quick search of Google reveals that a number
of the red-painted sea mines still exist (for example in Maldon, Essex,
and Sandown, Isle of Wight), and it seems that they were all used for
collections for the Shipwrecked Fishermen's and Mariners' Society.
Apparently - according to newspaper reports
available via Google - there used to be one in Montrose up until fairly
recently, but local "peace campaigners" successfully lobbied for its
removal on the grounds that it was a "Weapon of Mass Destruction". (No,
I'm thinking of tipping off the RAF
Museum at Hendon, the Imperial War Museum, and several other museums
designed to remind us of the dangers of wars, in case these Montrose
campaigners decide that they also want to obliterate any other tangible
evidence and memories of the events of 1914-18 and 1939-45.
Google also indicates there is still one of
the large artillery shells on Glasgow Central Station, but it doesn't seem
that there was a standard charity associated with them. Presumably each
collection was tailored to one or more local charities."
Laurie Thompson, Chipping Sodbury,
Gloucestershire, England: 22 July, 2014