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Nab Tower

Nab Tower. A well known sight for members, possibly a welcome one to those coming home after a few months at sea, or not so welcome if coming back from a cruise?!. Was once manned. One of my neighbours worked on there for many years and had some wonderful pictures of all the old passengers liners.

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Was discussing the Nab at the Newhaven museum at the weekend. Let's see who knows its history. Any takers......

Andy G
 

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The tower was one of two built in Shoreham during WW1, meant to be part of an anti submarine boom defence net system across the Dover Strait, but they weren't completed in time for the end of the war. Dover Strait's loss was Spithead's gain as one of them was towed to there and became Nab Tower.

I worked there for a couple of months in about 1967 as a Supernumary Assistant Keeper.


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There is a short account of Nab Tower at this URL: http://www.forelands.demon.co.uk/Nab.html

Brian
 

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Spot on, guys. I wonder what they would have done with the towers if they'd all been positioned in the Dover Straits?
 

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The original plan was for 12 towers - maybe they could have run a railway line to France across the top. Although the way the Nab used to bounce up and down in a gale, possibly not such a good idea.

John T.
 

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Ah .... I've got it - that's where the modern cruise ship designers got their inspiration! LoL
 

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can you remember the sailors old saying david..."first the nab and then the warner, fort block house and S***house corner"
 

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As a caulkhead I can say that nab tower is a fine sight from sandown beach but yes coming back from a cruise can be a sad or happy time when nab tower comes into view then the forts off Ryde...
 

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