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    Posted: 27 Sep 2013 at 11:10
Along with the "X Lighter "Black Beetle" website http://xlighter.org/) this is an excellent companion resource. It has lists of all the X Craft produced and by clicking on the vessel number a brief servce history of the vessel is displayed.
 
 

'X' Lighters Introduction

The X-class lighters, nicknamed 'Black Beetles', were designed by Walter Pollock, naval architect of James Pollock & Sons Ltd. but none were to be built by the company's own shipyard which was established at Faversham in 1916. The craft were born out of the need for a basic, shallow-draft powered 'landing craft' and many were equipped with a hand-operated ramp extending over the spoon-shaped bow, while others were completed as water tankers and later saw service as fuel tankers. The first batches, completed in 1915 were towed out to the Mediterranean in time to see service in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. Later, some took part in the Russian campaign based in the White Sea. They were among the earliest 'small craft' to be equipped with oil engines, the majority with the 'hot bulb' engine by Bolinders of Sweden, for whom Pollock's were the U.K. agent.

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Some still there - as well as one at Suvla Harbour, there is one at Gully Beach, and possibly one on A Beach near the (modern) cut into the Salt Lake - certainly something big there but not 100% it's an X Lighter
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Rob the one a A beach is a lighter for sure. I have photographed it over about 15 years. With images of only the bow and stern 'posts' exposed above the sand, and a few years ago completely exposed showing that it is a lighter. 

It is again now covered by the sands, with just the bow and stern posts just visible. This happened two years ago when there was a very high neap tide. It covered it up again. 

I think it is a lighter that lies at W beach. Its small enough. 
I found a jacket button in it last year, so I presume it's one of 'ours'. Ian 
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