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mersea island - out at sea

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mersea island - out at sea

my husband and I have just come back from away resorts holiday park after a week. can anyone help answer what we can see out to sea?

off the coast of dengie/bradwall - looks like Stonehenge in the water and seems to move about.. we are sure it was out towards st osyth the other day ?

any ideas? thanks

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1. Re: mersea island - out at sea

These are likely off-shore wind turbines, the masts don't move, but as the light, visibility, sea conditions and weather change hourly and daily, they give that impression, some days many, many are visible, other days they're invisible.

Did you take any photos?

https://goo.gl/zwk0Y6

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2. Re: mersea island - out at sea

Not sure if there are any off Mersea, but it could have been a fort similar to this

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/28/13/2923C7E900000578-3100633-How_the_sea_forts_look_now_with_the_charity_that_monitor_them_ke-a-78_1432817405357.jpg

But Adam is correct there are many turbines off Clacton

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3. Re: mersea island - out at sea

I think the Maunsell Forts are much further off the coast, Amos, and doubt you could see them from Mersea, but I am wracking my brains to come up with a different answer......

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4. Re: mersea island - out at sea

Have had a look at the map of the forts here

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunsell_Forts

Though "Knock John" the nearest is a Navy Fort on concrete towers, thinking you might well be right there, Mr Hart!

Braintree, United...
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5. Re: mersea island - out at sea

wow thanks for your replies. definatley not wind turbines, we can see them with our binoculars clearly but these are squarer so the forts are quite possible. how exciting to finally get an answer

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6. Re: mersea island - out at sea

Probably Sealand - a war-time fort that has declared itself an independent country. The position sounds right

http://www.sealandgov.org/

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7. Re: mersea island - out at sea

yes, would make sense that one day we can see possibly sea land to our left and at another time we can possibly see knock John to our right. will look again next weekend. but we definatley thought one appeared and moved across on the horizon but we went out and when we got back it was gone! a mystery

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