HIAB Delivery to Seaford Museum – a Tower of Strength!

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Yesterday we delivered a drilling rig to the Martello Tower in Seaford, which has been transformed into a museum. The Martello tower is situated at the eastern end of Seaford seafront. Nicknamed the Tardis by its visitors, there is a deceptive 5,000 square feet of display area which includes the roof with cannon, entrance floor with museum shop, the lower floor of the tower and the covered dry moat area.

According to the museums website, ‘’The museum not only records Seaford’s long history from its days as a Cinque Port but also appeals to all age groups and all members of the family with displays including shops, tableaux and a fascinating collection of material from pre-historic times to the present day. There is a General Store, Dressmakers Parlour, the contents of toy, chemist, ironmonger and photographer’s shops as well as Victorian schoolroom, Victorian kitchen and wartime kitchen. There are also collections of domestic appliances covering the first half of the 20th century, office machinery from early typewriters and copiers to computers and a particularly large collection of radios and television sets. There is a working model of Seaford railway station in 1926, wartime memorabilia, two figureheads, information on shipwrecks in the area and information on the changing coast including a video of the most recent sea defence work.’’

”The towers were part of defences built when Napoleon threatened to cross the ‘ditch’ (the English channel) in 1803.  103 towers were built from Aldeburgh in Suffolk around the coast to Eastbourne. They were based on the design of a tower on the island of Corsica noted by Admiral Jervis (commanding HMS Victory) when he attempted to recapture it for loyalist islanders from French rebels The tower was on Mortella Point, so called because of myrtle bushes growing there.  This name became corrupted by the British to Martello.  This one in Seaford, the 74th on the south coast, was built as an after-thought, when it was realised there was not adequate defence for Newhaven and Tidemills.”

It looks like another skilled job for one of our expert HIAB crane operators!

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