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Report - Portland Breakwater (aka Chequered) Fort - September 2011

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    Explored with Styru and Markymark.

    Well, we met up bright and early, sorted the kayaks out...

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    ...and made our way over to the Island of Doom aka Portland.

    Not long after we were in the water heading towards... a fecking big ship... and we were told to move in no uncertain terms. So on we went, not wishing to become a maritime statistic, before the explore anyway.

    Getting out to the fort was easy enough, the tide was quite neutral and the wind was behind us. We were there soon enough, landed and boats ashore.

    Some history from English Heritage...

    It really is an amazing place. The wood is somehow more intact than the metal, maybe that's the salt at work?

    The first internal view...

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    A shell lift...

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    Crazy spiral staircase...

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    In the basement levels...

    hundreds of glass tubes?...

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    Fuel and / or water tanks...

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    Moving on, more shell lifts....

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    A couple of shots from the circular corridors...

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    After a few hours we finished inside and took a quick look outside...

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    Impressive. Also this...

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    ...well, I've not seen cannon that big, especially not just dumped in the sea like that. Blown away by the whole thing.

    The journey back was through the chop and into the wind and maybe took twice as long, but was OK.

    Thanks to Markymark for the sofa for the night, and Styru for coming along on Saturday. Good trip.
     

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