Pier's war history revealed in new book

PUBLISHED: 21:00 21 October 2011

David Knock who has written book about Birnbeck Pier, WsM.

David Knock who has written book about Birnbeck Pier, WsM.


THE little-known history of Birnbeck Pier throughout World War Two is revealed in a new book by a Weston author.

David Nock’s book Messrs Crowe and Green Engineers (The Birnbeck Years 1942-1945) tells the story of the landmark throughout the war, when it was used by the Royal Navy to test new weapons.

Local engineering firm Crowe and Green worked closely with the navy at HMS Birnbeck as it was known, on weapons such as the hedgehog, an anti-submarine device tested in the Bristol Channel during the conflict.

The 76-year-old, of Locking Road, said: “I was an engineer for many years, and I’ve always been nosey and enjoyed tracking things down and finding things out.

“I started off with a bit of curiosity but then I kept on finding out more and more and writing a book about it just seemed logical to me.”

The book is available at Weston Museum and online at WH Smiths and Amazon, while Waterstones in the Sovereign Shopping Centre will also be stocking copies from mid-November.

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