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In times gone by and in its industrial heyday, the docklands area of Butetown was known as Tiger Bay, it was the worlds largest coal port leading up to WW1 and was a harmonious mix of over 50 different nationalities. With the end of the coal industry and decline in the steel industry the area generally fell into neglect and by the early 1980’s was identified by abandoned docks, warehouses and mudflats.
This was turned around to what is seen and enjoyed today by huge investment, the main catalyst being the £220 million Cardiff Bay Barrage, and is now a focal point of Cardiff. The name ‘Tiger Bay’ has been replaced by titles such as Mermaid Quay, Atlantic Wharf etc, but the history of Tiger Bay can be easily appreciated through the physical remains and the art situated around the bay.
This multicache will take you on a walk of around 2.5 miles (1-2 hours), perfect for either building a appetite or walking one off, and starts off near the Cardiff Bay visitors centre, heads around past the Mermaid Quay restaurant and bar area, and finishes … well, that’s for you to find out. All clues are accessible by wheelchair on paved and gravel paths and there is no need to leave the path to grab the final cache, although it is at ground level which may prove difficult for movement restricted geocachers.
Parking is available at the Mermaid Quay carpark (N51 27.785 W3 10.043) or free street parking can be found once you head back away from the waterfront.
To complete this multicache you will need to collect the answers to the following questions and then for each letter in the answers cross off a corresponding letter from the attached grid. The co-ordinates for the final cache are then determined from the remaining letters.
Have you got the grid? (Its linked down the bottom of the page and is called "You'll need this....")
Question 1 – What was the name of Captain Roberts Scott’s ship on his disastrous expedition to Antartica? (5 + 4 letters)
Question 2 – If the tide was at the highest depth marker, how deep would the water be? (6 + 4 letters)
Question 3 – Hanging off this common food additive are historic trade products that passed through the Tiger Bay docks. What are the heavy letters? (2 letters)
Question 4 – “Tide be runnin’ the ______ / ______ / _____” (5 + 5 + 4 letters)
Question 5 – Next to the following clue is a boy. What is he trying to play with?
I’ve got four strong legs,
But definitely no toes,
I’ve got one strong arm,
But no fingers or nose.
Question 6 – How many birds are on the central rock (5 letters)
Question 7 – If you’ve ever been amazed at how they fit a boat into a bottle, let me now show you how you can sit on that boat. You're looking for a very well camouflaged nano cache towards the stern of the boat on the barrage side.
In the micro are the co-ordinates you’ll need to answer the following question.
What colour are the stars? (6 letters)
There should be six remaining letters once you match all the letters in the answers to the grid. Take the remaining letters and assign a number to their place in the alphabet (eg A = 1, B = 2 etc).
Place the numbers in ascending order and name them in ascending order with the letters T, U, V, W, X and Y. (ie T = smallest number, Y = largest number).
The final cache is at N51 27.abc W3 10.def where
a = X – W
b = V – T – U
c = Y – X
d = W – (V x U)
e = W + V
f = X – (X x T)
There is no need to step off the path to find the cache. The cache is a 1 litre lunchbox container in a black plastic bag (Unfortunately there is a rat trap box a few metres from the cache but this is easily identified).
Best of luck and we hope you enjoy your day out.
D7. Ybbx sbe gur bqq bar bhg.