Platform Levels

PLATFORM LEVELS OF TWO WWII CONCRETE LANDING

CRAFT ON PONTOON PLAIN, “D” LANE SOUTH

 

Six large concrete platforms remain on Braunton Burrows: they were used as training landing craft - the gouge marks left by a tracked vehicle are visible on the entrance wall of one. The outlines of these platforms are marked on the English Nature 1:5000 Habitat Map 1990 at SS 4601330. A small platform is situated to the east at SS4606/3301 and is marked ‘ruin’ on the map.

 

Two westerly and one easterly craft have had their entrance walls demolished. The concrete walls and platforms of the middle three craft seem entire and the vegetation and soil has been cleared from the eastern and western survivors. From these craft, on May 30th. 2000, measurements were taken in cm. at the corners of the platforms from the surface of the concrete to the water level, a plus (+) reading means the concrete is covered; a minus (-) reading that the concrete is above water level.

 

The winter of 1999/2000 was wetter than usual and as the water levels dropped it was noticed on the cleaned platforms that they were not exactly level.

 

East craft corners

West craft corners

NE     -32

-24.5

SE       +3

+6

NW    -33

-25

SW      +6

+5

 

The craft are 34metres long and dip from north to south by:

 

E craft – 28 cm.

W craft – 19.25 cm.

 

The E craft has a small rear deck added to the main structure with lettering in the concrete:

146 Engr COC 1st. Platoon.

J M Breeds

22/5/02

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