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MEMO FROM C.G. ILLINGSWORTH, TO THE GENERAL MANAGER, LIVERPOOL:

1947 10th May:MEMO FROM C.G. ILLINGSWORTH, TO THE GENERAL MANAGER, LIVERPOOL: SIR IN REPLY OF YOUR LETTER OF THE 29TH ULTIMO I NOW FORWARD MY SUGGESTIONS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE APPROACHES TO SOUTHAMPTON.

1). ST. CATHERINE'S LIGHTHOUSE. W/T. D.F. AUTOMATIC BEACON TO BE FITTED.
2). NAB TOWER.
A. RADAR BEACON TO FITTED.
B. EFFICIENT FOG SIGNAL TO BE FITTED.
C. VISIBILITY OF LIGHT TO BE INCREASED TO 18 MILES.
3). WARNER BUOY. TO BE REMOVED AND LIGHT VESSEL REPLACED. PRINCIPALLY BECAUSE FOG SIGNAL IS REQUIRED IN THIS AREA.
4). NO. 1 MOTHER BANK BUOY TO BE LIT.
5). PEEL BANK BUOY TO BE LIT, AND SIX ADMIRALTY MOORING BUOYS NORTH OF SAME TO BE REMOVED.
6). WESTERN APPROACH CHANNEL TO BE DREDGED IN VICINITY OF WEST BRAMBLE, BOURNE GAP AND CALSHOT SPIT.
7). WEST BRAMBLE BUOY AND CALSHOT SPIT LIGHT VESSEL TO BE MOVED AS APPROPRIATE AFTER DREDGING.
8). WEST BRAMBLE BUOY TO BE FITTED WITH AUTOMATIC BELL WHICH WILL WORK INDEPENDENTLY OF THE ACTION OF THE WAVES. THIS BUOY SHOULD BE LARGER THAN THE ONE IN USE AT PRESENT.


I AM, SIR, YOUR OBEDIENT SERVANT, C.G. ILLINGSWORTH, MASTER.