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    As most people have noted that this siren is more audible in south Liverpool.


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    It is the emergency siren for the oil refinery complex around Ellesmere Port.

    It used to be tested at 09:00 every morning but for some time now sounded at 08:45 every morning.

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    I'm pleased that someone has asked this question as I had forgotten about it. I heard it the last time I stayed in Liverpool and wondered why it had sounded. I stay near the Asda supermarket on Smithdown Road and the siren sounded as if it was fairly far away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishseashipping.com View Post
    As most people have noted that this siren is more audible in south Liverpool.

    It is the emergency siren for the oil refinery complex around Ellesmere Port.

    It used to be tested at 09:00 every morning but for some time now sounded at 08:45 every morning.
    It sounds a lot closer than that from Garston area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishseashipping.com View Post

    It is the emergency siren for the oil refinery complex around Ellesmere Port.
    Could it be this one then. Sirens warn over large distances at Stanlow: News from Klaxon Signals

    If it is they have a website with sound files you can try out! http://www.klaxonsignals.com/technic...ype=Soundfiles

    Unfortunately there is a problem with the Sirens ones and the links don't work.

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    It sounds as if the mystery has finally been solved. I am always surprised at the distance covered by these sirens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiPathos View Post
    It sounds a lot closer than that from Garston area.
    Look on the map and you will see Ellesmere Port & Stanlow are not that far from Garston - plus there is the open expanse of river for the sound to blow across.

    The other item which mentions the installation of the Klaxon sirens in 2006 must correspond to the time when the daily test was changed from 09:00 to 08:45.

    In the 60s when I was a youngster there was the siren at 09:00 which my mother used to call the 9 o'clock siren I think she thought there was some connection between that and the 1 o'clock gun.

    I was only much, much later that I discovered the 9 oclock siren was at the oil refinery / terminal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerTheCat View Post
    Could it be this one then. Sirens warn over large distances at Stanlow: News from Klaxon Signals

    If it is they have a website with sound files you can try out! http://www.klaxonsignals.com/technic...ype=Soundfiles

    Unfortunately there is a problem with the Sirens ones and the links don't work.
    Mini mono p in miscellaneous section sounds a bit like 'The 9 o'clock buzzer'.
    I've heard this for over 30 yrs. My nan used to refer to it as 'The 9 o'clock buzzer.'She told me that it had been going for years and that was back in the 70's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerTheCat View Post
    Could it be this one then. Sirens warn over large distances at Stanlow: News from Klaxon Signals

    If it is they have a website with sound files you can try out! http://www.klaxonsignals.com/technic...ype=Soundfiles

    Unfortunately there is a problem with the Sirens ones and the links don't work.
    They have just replied to say they have fixed the sound file links. I still can't get them all working though and the ones that do don't sound like the siren to me. So perhaps its still open to debate?

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    I've just put myself through listening to about two thirds of those tones... Can't say the ones I listened to sound like the 8.45 am siren. I've given up and need a lie down

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    See if it something like this.Northamptonshire Police - Page Not Found

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardo View Post

    That's the bugger! Though not quite as deep maybe?!

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    thanks, irishseashipping.com. I think we're close to the answer. Stanlow / Ellesmere Port seems reasonable, though this site claims it's at Eastham Lock

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    it comes from eastham _ if you look across the mersey from otterspool prom you can see eastham country park and 2 pubs _ the siren is in a brick hut and at present goes off around 8.47 am every morning .hope that helps you !

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    thanks, mathewarnold! I'm going to have to get up and stand next to that hut one morning...

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    ok, well can i throw in the sound that ive heard 2 or 3 teams over the years around woolton that sounds like some sort of ships horn style?
    or is this your mate playing with his air raid siren?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpoo22 View Post
    thanks, mathewarnold! I'm going to have to get up and stand next to that hut one morning...
    The perfect place for a forum meet up.

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    We have the same here in Spital every day about the same time !, it comes from the "Lever soap factory" now Unilever in Port Sunlight !.

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    Yes!! Finally someone has the answer to this long-running yoliverpool mystery. I'm pretty sure it must be from Eastham. From Aigburth Vale it definately appears to be coming from the direction of the river. Now, who's going to find out why it is sounded every morning?....

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    ....and has it's accuracy reduced over the years? I remember it during the 80's sounding around 9am!
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    I must confess I've not really thought much about Eastham until today. First of all a house of commons debate about it on my theyworkforyou alerts and now this.

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    "I've always thought it was from the Stanlow Oil Refinary!"

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    Last edited by Devo; 02-03-2009 at 11:01 PM. Reason: missed some info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devo View Post
    This confirms it!
    and so does this reply to an email to http://www.merseydocks.co.uk


    > Can you supply any information about the 8.45am siren. There are a
    > lot of people in Liverpool who are trying to find out where it comes from and
    > why it sounds.
    >
    > The latest theory is that it is associated with the QEII dock.

    Yes it is the siren at QEII dock, it is tested daily as part of our
    emergency procedures and is linked to an emergency call centre.
    At last! Well found Devo by the way.

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    Nice work Devo! Finally some evidence.

    I could never believe that the sound would travel that far across the water. Then I mentioned it to my work colleague who lives in Ellesmere Port and she said that she could hear it too. I had a hunch that it was to do with the ship canal...

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    According to my mum, it also sounds every New Years Eve at midnight.

    She's gutted that for the last few decades she has believed that it has sounded in Garston, havent we all eh?!
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    And so this thread rumbles on LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by gorgeous View Post
    Guess what ?




    I think we've managed with some help from Yvonne & Neil to locate the mystery of the siren , they're 99% certain of the location . ( Hello & welcome to you both if your looking in )

    Do you all want to carry on guessing ? or putting out of your misery ?
    It's not from over the water

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    Well if its coming from the Docks its not where Gorgous has been told it is.

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    When I stayed at Cressington I never heard it.
    Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
    Time held me green and dying
    Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    When I stayed at Cressington I never heard it.
    Really I could not hear anything there... Weird siren, Hmmm maybe it comes from Heaven, no Neverland ...

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    I'm from Woolton, and I've also heard it also, but not recently !!!

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