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« Reply #94 on: January 16, 2014, 20:49:36 »
Fascinating!

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« Reply #93 on: January 16, 2014, 19:34:35 »
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« Reply #92 on: November 29, 2013, 12:03:29 »
You've stolen my thunder Peter, I was leading up to that - but it's true fact.

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« Reply #91 on: November 29, 2013, 08:42:55 »
......there was little to defend on the Island as the dockyard was only repairing ships and the threat of a land based invasion was very small. 
Identical words could have been written about Singapore in 1942. The island was almost impregnable against an attack from the sea, so the Japanese simply landed on the Malay peninsular and marched overland, from which direction there were no fixed defences at all.
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« Reply #90 on: November 29, 2013, 08:31:34 »
It may well be. 

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« Reply #89 on: November 29, 2013, 08:30:04 »
Kyn,

The tunnel that you refer to might of been the one that I mentioned, one that had had it's importance magnified as intrigue and rumour about it got added to over the years.


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« Reply #88 on: November 29, 2013, 08:26:41 »
1925


L.I & L.II guns were 6" Breach Loaders placed in gun houses on the roof of the fort.


The gun house for L.1 is still in place.


The brick gun house for L.II was reduced to rubble with very little remaining.





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« Reply #87 on: November 29, 2013, 07:52:33 »
There is s tunnel that runs from Grain to Sheerness, apparently.  But it was nothing to do with the defences if it is true, it is a cable tunnel carrying electricity etc.  And it doesn't run into the dockyard.  But if true very few people will know about it.

Up until No.s 1, 2, 3 and Demi Bastions were built there wasn't any land defence.  After the New Lines were constructed the canal was dug out as an extra land defence.  Before this there was little to defend on the Island as the dockyard was only repairing ships and the threat of a land based invasion was very small.  Even Chatham Dockyard didn't get protection from land based invasion until Chatham Lines were started in 1756, and that was a major Dockyard.


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« Reply #86 on: November 29, 2013, 06:40:49 »
Interestingly, reading through all of these documents, it would appear that the assumption was always that an enemy would attack from the front, i.e. the Thames Estuary, and so defences all faced that way. No one seems to have suggested or planned for, an attack from the rear. On a Spring High Tide especially, and before the Kingsferry Bridge barred the way, enemy shipping could have slipped round The Swale and into the Medway via Queenborough. From what I've read, only in WW2 were there cables and mines laid across The Swale at Shellness Point to prevent enemy submarines slipping round that way unseen.

Also, throughout my 34 years in Sheerness Docks it was always rumoured that a tunnel ran from Garrison Point under the sea towards Grain Fort - was there any truth in that?

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« Reply #85 on: November 28, 2013, 17:53:31 »
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Re: Garrison Point Fort
« Reply #84 on: October 02, 2013, 12:56:42 »
Thanks Kyn and Conan.
I think my reply fits the topic better if it is posted into ‘Sheerness Gun Wharf’, so see:
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=4346.msg144381#msg144381
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« Reply #83 on: October 02, 2013, 00:13:26 »
Another photo from above, I thought it was the same as Kyns but the ship moored up in mine is missing from Kyns.

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« Reply #82 on: October 01, 2013, 21:48:06 »
It was in the Fort Record Book for the 6 pounders, documents are dated 1940's and 1950's.

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« Reply #81 on: October 01, 2013, 21:44:02 »
Great find, Kyn :)
That could be our bungalow next to the top end of the L-shaped building. Do you have a date for the photo?
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« Reply #80 on: October 01, 2013, 21:17:14 »
The only clear shot I have.

 

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