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Report - Maunsell Sea Forts, Kent Coast - 11/08/2007

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Oinster, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. Oinster

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    Less Urban Exploration, a bit more...marine.

    We did not board them as we were out on a commercial tour. However, it was definately worth the money and the time, and getting sun burnt.

    We visited the Red Sands Maunsell Sea Forts, which are 6 miles off the coast of Whitstable. They were built and sunk into the channel in 1942, and were decommissioned approximately 10 years later. They were used as anti - aircraft defences to stop Luftwaffe aircraft getting to the Thames Estuary.

    In the 1960s, both the Red Sands Forts and the Shivering Sands Forts became homes to Pirate Radio, such as Radio 390, and Screaming Lord Sutch's station, Radio City. Since Pirate Radio was removed from them, they have been left to rot.

    However, over the past few years a group of people have got together, and have managed to get the help of a number of companies and sponsors in order to restore these towers to their original glory.

    They're beautiful really, and are definately worth a look.

    For more information on the Restoration Project, visit here:

    The company that we took the tour with was BayBlast. Nice boat, nice staff. Good time: http://www.bayblast.co.uk/

    More images are available on my Flickr Photostream.








    Thought I would throw in an image of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm for good measure too. If you take one of these boat trips, they also take you into the Wind Farm, which is quite a sight, and an interesting feat of engineering, and at present the largest in the UK with 30 turbines. It's also very, very quiet! It will soon be overshadowed when in 2009 EON/PowerGen start building the London Array, which will consist of 300 turbines.


    Ta muchly! :thumb

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