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Report - Cliffe Fort, Kent 09/05/10

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by pirate, May 11, 2010.

  1. pirate

    pirate Rum Swigger
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    Visited with Za Gringo,Datsun and Kev Arnold.

    Cliffe Fort, near the village of Cliffe on the Hoo peninsula in Kent, was built in the mid-nineteenth century as a defence against the invasion of London via the Thames estuary.

    Construction of the fort was difficult due to the marshy ground that the fort is built on; cracking and subsidence caused many problems for the men working on the fort. More surprisingly, this marshy ground was also home to malaria mosquitoes, which made life even more difficult for the construction workers.The lower floor are inaccesable due to water...maybe if you had some waders

    The fort was designed solely to cater for the armament of the day and the guns that were installed on Cliffe Fort were 12.5â€￾ and 11â€￾ RML’s, weighing around 35 tons. Protection of these guns was provided by granite faced casemates with shields for added defence. These shields, casemates and the rails on which the gun carriages stood are all still visible today
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    There is also a 100yr old torpedo launcher invented by Lewis Brennan viewable at low tide..
    http://www.cliffefort.org.uk/
     

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  2. kevin arnold

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    It was an awesome trip with lots of good exploring. Cheers to Pirate for driving and providing a pro boat that even had a motor! A few of my pics from that location.

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    Plus some people shots:

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    Some fun on the nearby conveyor belts:

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