First gunfire in the Great War.
Territorials were in charge and, when a Norwegian sailing ship failed to obey a signal to stop, Major Charles Luga, a dentist, ordered a shot to be fired across her bows.
Fortunately the gun's elevation was too high and the first shell landed in a sand-dune at Hightown, where a resident picked it up and carried it to the Seaforth battery. It was then placed in the mess room by an officer, who added the words - "a present from New Brighton".
A second shell hit an Allen liner at anchor.
The Norwegian captain later said that he thought the shore battery had been "having a bit of fun".
At the outbreak of the Second World War, warning shots were fired against a fishing-smack which also ignored signals to "heaveto".
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Feb 14, 2007|
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