Moving Sand

All I can say is I was fascinated.
We walked down to the dredging site this afternoon and watched a fair amount of activity as the sand was piped ashore and pumped onto the beach whilst the diggers did a kind of sand ballet getting things in just the right place at just the right time.
The guy putting the pipes in position has to link the chains to them from the cab, and that in itself was awesome.
Hundreds of millions of tons of sand will be used for the operation, and as the beach is to slope, the angles of the buckets/scoops on the smaller diggers is vital. Two of them were darting about in the water shovelling the sand in place as the water flowed away, much to the delight of the herring gulls.

The water and sand spewing out of the pipe was like a firework display without the pops, bangs or flashing colours. It’s under sufficient pressure to bury you, which is why NO-ONE does anything manually, and it is all down to the crews in the vehicles and boats.
The big dredger off shore was unloading the sand from the dredging sites out at sea. This is then pumped along the huge pipes underwater to the shore where the heavy plant guys do their thing.
We’re going back tomorrow to watch some more!

Somehow it made the work done on the marina last year pale in comparison.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to Moving Sand

  1. This operation looks very cool! My office overlooks a giant construction site, and it’s so much fun to watch it (also a major distraction while at work, which isn’t a good thing!).

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