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whitelighter

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First go at a bit of exploration while over in the Channel Islands at Easter. I have been trying to dig up a bit of history to go with the photos but have drawn a blank. Interesting building that looks like it has been used as a holiday let/private residence but is now very much vacant.

The building is on an island and is seen on the right of this picture. There is a causway giving access at low tide, but the tide in the CI's is huge and we were here at the top of it.

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We got over using the RIB. The island is very rocky and finding a place to tie up to was a challenge. Quite imposing as you approach

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Had a good scout around the outside, but the main entry was very secure. Quite a few windows but most were 12ft plus off the ground.

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did find a couple of promising ones

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and finally got in, though there wasn't much inside and the internal doorways were also barred :(

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And my favourite snap

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Sorry i din't get any further in, an perhaps not the most inspring but my first go so figured it was worth posting. Hope it's not too mudane.
 
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Oxygen Thief

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As mentioned above it is Raz Island...

Resistance Nest 'Eilandfeste', Fort Raz

...was unique as the only resistance nest in Alderney to mount two 10.5cm K331 guns in type 670 casemates - one facing north-east and the other facing south-west. The former had been camouflaged with stone to resemble a Victorian caponier, and both were extremely difficult to identify on the aerial photographs. The other weapon of note in the position was a 20mm flak gun emplaced immediately to the north of the western 10.5cm gun

On the eastern tip of the fort, in the Victorian caponier, was a two-way 60cm searchlight position. Machine gun and weapons positions were distributed throughout the fort.
 

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