Maunsell Forts

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Peter Clare, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I'm sure I remember seeing these (The nearest one) when I spent many a summer school holiday on the Isle of Sheppey when I was younger.

    Interesting see the pictures inside...They would make a great home....No next door neighbours to complain about the noise :lol:

    Cheers for posting.
     
  2. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    seeing them connected up by walkways makes them easier to understand, not seen the photo before.

    some interesting things about!
     
  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    A very interesting subject to see and not well publicised.

    Great thread to read and the photographs bring it to life.

    I can imagine during poor weather the occupants were literally marooned.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. airborne medic

    airborne medic Very Senior Member

    I used to visit a company just outside Whitstable and once when I had some spare time went into the tourist ofgfcie there and got a booklet for about £2 called the Maunsell Sea Forts by F R Turner...ISBN 01 901132-06-4...they were designed by Guy Maunsell.....hope this is of use....
     
  5. WotNoChad?

    WotNoChad? Senior Member

  6. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    One of those forts were used by a Pirate Radio Station as far as I know. Do we not have a thread on this already - I'll have a goo!
     
  7. WotNoChad?

    WotNoChad? Senior Member

    Yes, and one became the principality of Sealand, but I thought I'd stick to WW2 details.

    Here's a link to an incident when the Tongue Fort was conducting AA firing practice, and killed a young lad in Westgate;

    Thanet coast life: A Westgate wartime incident
     
  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  9. Groundhugger

    Groundhugger Senior Member

    My god !,,, imagine being 'posted/ volunteered' to one these! imagine it in winter
    in a north sea gale ! standing too or on watch , waiting for an enemy Aircraft to cross your path ! does any forum member have any personel accounts of being stationed on one of these ? or was it like a 'Penal Battery'
     
  10. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    Anybody know what they look like inside?

    Just had a look on google images but I don't trust the sources. They could be anything.
     
  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  12. Derek Barton

    Derek Barton Senior Member

    There were also 3 of these forts in Liverpool Bay. There was a 3 part book on the forts published in 1996 called The Maunsell Sea Forts but for some reason I never got part 1.
     
  13. jchinuk

    jchinuk Junior Member

  14. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

  15. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    late again I give up!
     
  16. Nicola_G

    Nicola_G Senior Member

    Precursor the oil rigs
     
  17. Groundhugger

    Groundhugger Senior Member

    I'm surprised that the 'Army' ran them , I would have thought that the 'Navy' would be the arm that was in charge , with the logistics involved supplies of Ammo , food and personel movements etc. keeping it 'in house ' so to speak , not a situation than any Army CO would want having to request services from another 'Arm' and all the paperwork involved ,
     
  18. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

  19. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  20. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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