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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2010, 12:46:36 »
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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2010, 12:42:07 »
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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2010, 22:32:14 »
Grain tower from Sheerness beach

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2009, 16:42:38 »
They considered demolishing the tower in the early 1860's, as they thought it might interfere with flanking fire from Grain Fort and the Dummy Battery that were being built then, But then they decided it wasn't necessary to remove it.

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2009, 22:55:42 »
What a great place. Thanks to Islesy for the lift.









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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2009, 22:33:47 »
After Saturday's weather, Sunday dawned bright and clear, if a little breezy! A few from today:

I'm sure the mud must hide a multitude of relics


View back along the causeway to Grain Power Station


The tower and remains of the WD Hard


The concrete cancer is eating away at the tower


The shell hoist


The spiral staircase down to the magazine area


Some WD40 is required..


Head towards the light....


Stark outline


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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2009, 20:38:08 »
Grain Spit Battery.
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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2009, 11:13:55 »
Sweeping Channels.

A complete channel, from the locks at Chatham, to out beyond the Tongue Light Vessel, will be swept daily to ensure it being clear of mines. The internal section (from the locks to Garrison Point) will be swept by steam boats. The external section (past Garrison Point) will be swept by two Admiralty trawlers attached to the port, local vessels and Torpedo boats.  These vessels will be relieved by hired trawlers when the latter arrive shortly after mobilization. A gun boat is stationed to Eastwards of Kingsferry Bridge to watch the Swale, which is closed to traffic at night ad during fog. The Boom across the Medway between Garrison Point Fort and Grain Tower, is rigged and worked by the Navy.  The time required for placing the Boom is 48 hours, in fine weather.

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2009, 18:30:24 »
Mounting and Dismounting

Guns and mountings mounted by GYN-SHEERS over left of R/2 from barge.

There are anchor-Holdfasts on the emplacement.

History of Martello Tower

Martello Tower was constructed on Grain Spit in or about the year 1856 after the model of the Martello tower known as the 'Wish Tower' at Eastbourne, to mount 3 R.M.L. guns with shot furnace on roof.  Barrack accommodation was provided above the high water line and a magazine in the basement.  From 1892 until the abolition of Submarine Mining it was used as a Submarine Mining Station with test room on Barrack Floor and two observing stations on the roof.

In 1912 Emplacements were built on the roof for two 4.7" Guns with Barrack Accommodation and Officers' Shelter below. The old Barrack Floor was then remodelled as magazines and war accommodation.

The construction of the Tower is brickwork with Granite face the new work on the roof being concrete with granite facing to assimilate with old face work below.

Axis of trunnions 51ft. Crost 49ft. Above M.S.L.

The two 4.7" guns and mountings were sold to Messers Lynch & Sons, Rochester, who had them cut up into easy transportable sections.  These were removed during May 1929. Movable components and connecting stores have been returned to R.A.O.C.

Taken from the War Diary of the Martello tower Battery at National Archives.  Reference - WO 192/49

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2009, 17:20:08 »


WO 192/49

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2009, 15:00:26 »
Ammunition stored in the magazines:

Shell
73 x C.P. Cast Steel.  Fuzed Mark VI
27 x C.P. Cast Steel.  Unfuzed Mark VI
1000 x Common Lyddite
3 x Weighted practice C.P. iron
77 x Common.  Filled salt
420 x Shrapnel.  Mark VI

Cartidges
149 x 5 lb 7 oz.  Cordite.  Size 20.  Mark VI with adaptor
1156 x 5lb 7 oz.  Cordite.  Size 20.  Mark V with primer
140 x Practice 2lb 5 3/4 oz.  Size 7 1/2 with adapter
50 x Blank with adapter
11 x Blank with primer

Fuzes
908 x D.A.I.  No.18 Mark II
24 x Bse med
ium.  No.12 Mark I
11 x T.P.  No.83 Mark II

Primers and Tubes
173 x Primers electric large MArk IV
250 x Tubes wireless electric (40) & Percusion (210)

Ammunition is stored in the magazine on the barrack room floor of the fort, the magazine on the lower floor being waterlogged.  It is carried to the gun floor by hand.
There are no machine guns alloted to Martello Tower.

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 12:37:19 »
A small snippit of info...

General description and object of Martello Tower and its relation to other works.

Martello Tower consists of circular keep of masonry, which has been adapted for its present armament of two 4.7" Q.F. Guns.

It is situated in the Medway between Garrison Point and Grain, and is connected with the Grain shore by the W. D. Hard, which is dry when the tide is at mean low sea level or lower.

The Hard extends 200 yards beyond the Tower in the direction of Garrison Point.

Martello Tower is intended for the defence of the boom and Sheerness Dockyard against hostile torpedo craft, submarines, blockers and boombashers.  By night and during thick weather both guns are manned.  By day, one gun is manned for the action against submarines.

In the event of a hostile landing on the Isle of Sheppey this work can bring enfilade fire to bear on the Sheerness defences and can assist fire in the land defence of Sheppey.

Taken from the War Diary of the Martello tower Battery at National Archives.  Reference - WO 192/49

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009, 18:14:07 »
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Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2009, 22:00:08 »
Recent aerial shot of Spit of Grain Tower - well done for the expedition pictures
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