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Offline cliveh

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2016, 08:51:52 »
The WW1 MG post:


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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2014, 19:32:00 »
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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2013, 17:20:52 »
I miss seeing these batteries, it has been so long since I have been around it all. 

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2013, 16:31:33 »
A few shots from the beach:

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 17:55:47 »
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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2009, 16:32:53 »
Sounds interesting!  I keep meaning to have a look there...

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2009, 16:12:51 »
Some years ago a close friend worked as an assistant in the RE Library so I had good access to the archives! They had a photographic record of the Isle of Sheppey WW1 anti-invasion defences. Might be worth a contact to them via the RE Musuem?

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2009, 13:57:05 »
Garrison Point Fort was the Examination Battery however Albemarle could be called to help by sending guards etc  The XDO post is on Centre Bastion and dealt with mines....

The info has all come from the War Diary at Archives and was written all about the same time.

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2009, 13:46:22 »
Was the examination of vessels 1920 as well ?

In WW2 I think it was the XDO post :)
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2009, 10:54:13 »
Details regarding ammunition supply.

The cartridge stores are situated on the right flank of the Battery, about 50 yards S.E. of the guns.
The shell stores are on the left flank of the Battery and are nearer to the guns than the cartridge stores, under 50 yards.
Recesses are capable of holding 200 cartridges if taken out of the boxes and 270 shell for each gun.  There are two recesses for cartridges and shell on each gun.
Cartridges are marked as 1st for issue, 2nd for issue etc.
Cartridges must be transported by hand from the cartridge store, but Trays Carrying Projectiles are available for shell, these enable one man to carry 8 shells.

Mounting and Dismounting Guns.
S. Group
The guns and mountings were brought up on the right flank and along the gun floor to the required emplacement.
W. Group
Originally brought up from the left flank, but it would probably be easier ow to bring them up the same way as 'S' Group.
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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2009, 18:01:01 »
Method of regulating the entry of vessels into port.

The examination of an incoming vessel will be carried out as she is approaching, or after she has anchored in the Examination Anchorage.  In the former case, the examining officer will probably signal 'stop instantly' (international code K), board the ship and carry out his examination as she proceeds towards the anchorage.  In the latter case he will probably signal 'Follow me' (international code J.T.) and lead the vessel to the Examination Anchorage, where she will anchor and be examined.

If the examining officer is not satisfied with the result of his examination he will inform the Examining Battery, and instruct the vessel to remain at anchor pending further examination.  If this further examination is satisfactory the vessel will be given the special signal.  If the examination is unsatisfactory, the Examining Officer will call for an armed guard from the battery, which with a pilot will be placed on board the vessel to conduct her into port.

Fishing vessels and other local craft frequenting the port will be passed in in batches by one of the Assistant Examination Steamers.

The Examination Battery may be required to open fire under the following circumstances:-

If a vessel having anchored in the Anchorage leaves it without showing the special signal, (except when an armed guard is in charge) the Examination Battery will bring 'her to' by firing a plugged round across her bows.  If she does not stop then she will be 'engaged'.

If a vessel disregards the signals of the Examination Steamer, or if the Examination steamer signals for the vessel to be 'brought to', the Battery will bring her to by firing a plugged round across her bows.  If she does not stop she will be engaged.

If the vessel is recognised as hostile, of commits an undoubtedly hostile act, or if the Examination Steamer?s signal for her to be 'engaged', the battery will 'engage' her at once, without bringing her to.

Note:-

The examination Service is not concerned with ships proceeding to sea fro inside the port.  Such vessels receive permission to depart from the Detaining Authority.

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2009, 16:10:14 »

Communications

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2009, 19:20:20 »
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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2009, 18:37:12 »


Albemarle Battery War Diary, file WO 192/50 at the National Archives, Kew.

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Re: Albemarle Battery Sheerness
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2009, 14:32:19 »
Each gun rests on a 6ft, by 3ft, deep concrete beam.  The gun floors are reinforced and 1 ft. Thick.  The walls of the shelters etc, are 2" and the roof 3" thick and are of reinforced waterproofed concrete.

Drains.  Nil.

The telephone lines conduit the length of the gravel path, centre from artillery store to no. 2 telephone and thence close to the wall to the extreme right of the Indented Lines.

Sheerness 1st May 1920.

From the file mentioned in the above post.

 

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