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Po­lice and Coast­guard per­son­nel were called in to deal with a Naval mine that washed up on a beach in mid-Septem­ber. Army Am­mu­ni­tion Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cers were also sum­moned to the scene at Bal­ly­cas­tle, Co. Antrim, where the mine was even­tu­ally de­stroyed in a con­trolled ex­plo­sion.

Mines were laid close to the en­trance to Lough Foyle dur­ing the Sec­ond World War in or­der to pro­tect Al­lied ship­ping dur­ing the Bat­tle of the At­lantic. of Amer­ica’s Cup chal­lengers, is to go on pub­lic dis­play fol­low­ing a restora­tion project.

Texa had been out of the wa­ter for nearly three decades, when David Adams McGilp and Howard Nixon ac­quired her for £250 in 1987 and re­stored her over a pe­riod of about nine months. She was re­launched in 1988 and sailed up and down the west of Scot­land for many sea­sons af­ter­wards. David of Lochgilp­head, Ar­gyll, the cus­to­dian of Texa, said the yacht was hauled out again four years ago and is now about to un­dergo an­other restora­tion, be­fore go­ing to the Scot­tish Mar­itime Mu­seum for per­ma­nent dis­play. David added: ‘Scot­tish Canals are gen­er­ously sup­port­ing this en­deav­our by pro­vid­ing workspace in Ar­dr­ishaig Basin car park. The pub­lic will also be able to come and see what’s

An ex­plo­sive World War II mine washed up at Bal­ly­cas­tle

Sloop Texa to be re­stored

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