Secret Scotland

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Anyone know what this mystery object spotted in Largs is?

Anybody able to identify the object pictured below, spotted in Largs Mackerston Park near the shore  (courtesy of one of Tam Nugent’s excellent geographs)?

There is no identification or plaque apparent.

We’ve found a few other pics online, not showing the item itself, but which have caught it by chance.

These have established it was definitely there in the early 1960s, and given the age of the images used, was there at least in the 1950s, probably earlier, but we don’t have definite evidence for that so anything earlier is really just an assumption.

Largs Mystery Object

Largs Mystery Object

So far, we haven’t come up with it, or even anything similar, not online at least.

I can’t make to the Largs Museum, which would be worth a shot.

Any helpful/generous local care to ask in there for us, or even just point them towards this appeal for help?


March 2, 2017 - Posted by | Appeal, photography | , ,


  1. According to a comment in largs Facebook group it’s a “bobbin” used to tie anti submarine cable nets across the channel between largs and cumbrae.

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    Comment by D Fisher | March 9, 2017

  2. Thanks for mention.

    One option we have indeed been pursuing is a connection with the Fairlie Boom Depot, so that ties in.

    Any chance of a link to the group mentioned please?


    Comment by Apollo | March 9, 2017

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