West Observing Station

Posted on October 17, 2021 / 6
Listing Type : Observation
Location : Ireland

This Observing Station is believed to have been the Submarine Mine Observing Station when the Submarine Mining Establishment at Lawrence Cove was active.

This is a small isolated structure tucked into dead ground by the track between Derrycreeveen and Ardnakinna Batteries.  The building includes a telephone room, crew shelter and observation cell.

No plans have been found in the National Archives for this feature but it is shown on contemporary maps as a Submarine Mine Observing Station and Test Room.  It is also shown as O.C.S.M. which probably stands for Officer Commanding Submarine Mining (TNA Wo 78/4887).  By 1918 it is shown as a lookout post (WO 78/4741).

Can anyone provide additional information please?

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