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Report - Drakes Island, Plymouth

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Oxygen Thief, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. Oxygen Thief

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    Originally suggested by Lillimouse, recced by OT and Riddlers.

    Funny one this. After doing Greenham Common we set off for Plymouth in the Landy, with tons of kit including a boat :rolleyes:

    After a bit of a nose around Plymouth, we found a place to launch the boat, and off we set to the island. After about 10 minutes we were there and beached the boat on a sandy bit of beach. We dragged the boat up the beach and made it secure...

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    A look at the front of the island showed no access points so we climbed the rocks and went around the back, and found a shale cliff that was climbable. Just. Halfway up my footholds disappeared to a place quite lower down the cliff, you know the feeling of impending doom, well I felt it just then... but we pressed on.

    The first thing we saw was the gun emplacements and the actual cannons. I always thought that they would be longer and thinner, more like modern day artillery for some reason...

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    Then, down to the battery offices and ammo storage. It was good to see so many original features still relatively complete...

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    Next, down to the admin and barracks...

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    Then the exit...

    We didn't really feel that we would like to go back down the cliff, so we tried the front gate. This was really really tight, I can't stress that enough. On my third bone-crushing flesh-bruising attempt, I was half way out when my maglite in my pocket wedged me in the gap, Riddlers had to cut the maglite out of my pocket :eek: a bit to close with that blade for my liking.

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    Anyway, we got out and away, and back to the start point, loaded up the landy and away.
     
    #1 Oxygen Thief, Nov 7, 2005
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