Abandoned Concrete Relics of the 1906 Machrihanish Radio Station

Abandoned Concrete Relics of the 1906 Machrihanish Radio Station

Scotland’s rugged Mull of Kintyre is an isolated peninsula steeped in history. An ancient landbridge thought to have been used by early humans migrating from continental Europe to Ireland, the Northern Irish coastlines of counties Antrim and Ulster are clearly visible. Today, the Kintyre peninsula remains an enigmatic place, with a rich heritage spanning millennia. More recently, the former RAF and Fleet Air Arm airfield at Machrihanish, near Campbeltown, was said to have been used by shadowy military aircraft during the eighties and nineties, while Avro Vulcan XL427 met its end there. To the west, the nearby headland at Uisaed Point exhibits an unusual series of abandoned concrete installations overlooking the Irish Sea. Secret Scotland details the history of the mysterious foundations, which once formed the base of the Machrihanish Radio Station, an experimental transatlantic communications system in use from December 1905 to December 1906. The facility is understood to have been backed by the National Electric Signalling Company of Washington (NESCO), in the United States, and twinned with a similar installation at Brant Rock, Massachusetts developed by Canadian inventor Reginald Aubrey Fessenden. Read More: Urban Ghosts
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