Fishing News reader John Riley, writing from the west coast of North Uist, is asking for any information that can shed light on a fleet of large buoys that have washed up close to his house recently.

“These buoys have clearly been in the water a long time – there is no paint on them at all – but they are very robust, and still all watertight. I sawed through one, in order to make a barbeque out of it, and can confirm that they are very strongly made!” he told FN.

The tape measure gives an indication of the size of the buoys – 22in in diameter, and clearly very heavily built.

“I have counted at least 40 washed up here on the machair – the unique flower Fishing News reader John Riley, writing from the west coast of North Uist, is asking for any information that can shed light on a fleet of large buoys that have washed up close to his house recently.meadows we have here that run right down below the spring tide high-water mark – all of them in good enough condition to still be watertight. They have a central hole, still in itself very strongly constructed, and I wondered from their size and age whether they may be related to old wartime anti-submarine nets or devices, rather than being trawl bobbins, as they are so large and tough.”

Anyone with suggestions as to their origins, and possibly even pictures of what they would have looked like when first placed in the water – or equally, if you’ve seen similar buoys washing up elsewhere – is asked to get in touch with FN to shed light on the matter.

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