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« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2017, 16:49:43 »
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2017, 08:51:58 »
As the link at post 14 appears defunct, try these instead:

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« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2012, 20:03:09 »
As indicated by http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukla/1954/4/pdfs/ukla_19540004_en.pdf, we're talking 3 different installations: the Mine Galleries (Spitfire), the Combined Operations Fuelling Installation (Towerwill 30 August 2010) and the Underground Oil Fuel Installation (Towerwill 10 September 2010).

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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2012, 17:01:24 »
My Mum used to work in these tunnels during WW2.They contained torpedoes, depth charges, mines  etc which were then used to replenish warships on their return from operations.My mum used to arrange for the ships to be replenished as required, and keep a tally on the remaining stock.

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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2010, 23:17:33 »
One of five such installations built around the country

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« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2010, 21:18:10 »
Yes Alastair, I didn't know about these caverns either until I'd seen the dvd. I'd never heard about them during 3 years of going around the E.D.

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2010, 16:31:32 »
Fascinating Everyone! Never heard of them before - one of the many reasons I'm glad I joined this Forum. Thanks very much.
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2010, 07:49:15 »


This photo though of a poor quality does give an idea of the size of the furnace oil tanks.

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2010, 09:27:08 »
Getting accurate information from this dvd was a bit tricky until i knew how to rewind it for a short way.What i've learned is that there are 8 petrol tanks shoved into 3 caverns(the ninth was never installed).The caverns are 12 feet square and 151 feet long.The tanks are 9 feet by 30 feet.These stand on concrete plinths to stop them rusting and each held 12000 gallons of petrol.This fuel was used for the fast craft berthed in Dover Harbour.
The entrance tunnels are only 3 feet by 7 feet and there is a 146 feet long tunnel connecting the 3 tank chambers,through the centre of the chambers.From what i could make out the cliff face end
 of the tank chambers were bricked up after installation of the tanks.I think i used to see this brickwork if i had to go along to the mv Autocarrier for some reason.Pipework went from the tanks along to the Eastern Arm.By now of course rust is attacking the tanks,special lighting equipment and pipework.

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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2010, 09:41:52 »
I've got some more info from the dvd.There are 2 entrances and tunnels with the larger tunnel measuring 10 feet wide by 8 feet high.They both have sets of steps and landings,one with 165 steps and the other with 180 steps.The system includes airtight doors and a ventilation system.The pipe tunnel is about 800 feet long.At the tank there is a safe working area and a 40 foot ladder up to a platform which has an airtight door.There is then another 40 foot ladder to climb down to the floor of the tank.The tank measures 40 feet high by 32 feet wide by 600 feet long and could contain over 4 million gallons of fuel.Pipes went along to the Easte
rn Arm.Tank one would have contained diesel and the other 4 contained furnace oil.

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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010, 09:41:41 »
Well known now perhaps but not so much in the 1960's and '70's.I can't recall them being mentioned in all the time i spent around the Docks back then and we had offices at the bottom of that cliff.Possibly the dvd has been more widely available than i thought.It was released about 8 years ago.I suspect the caverns are not often(if ever)visited by the underground exploration groups due to being in a secure area patrolled by DHB police.

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010, 18:25:55 »
Hi Lee and BenG,yes it appears to have been made for DHB.My partner had it in her dvd collection but my old computer refuses to play it.I've bought a new PC and can watch this dvd now.Someone probably knows if it's sold locally as it would be a useful addition to one's collection.
The oil storage caverns are really huge and the dvd shows a man climbing about 40 feet down a ladder to get to the floor of the cavern from an access point near the roof.If i recall rightly there are two entrance tunnels with flights of steps and landings to get up to the correct level.A lot of the pumping equipment still seems to be in there slowly rusting away.As this dvd says "what other secrets lie under the White Cliffs".

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010, 15:35:20 »
I'm sure someone does have a copy on here as I think it is the one we watched when we visited Langdon Coast Guard last year.

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010, 13:41:38 »
Hi Towerwill

they used to be owned by the admiralty and I have worked in them a long time ago, as far as I know DHB have a video of them, but never been able to get hold of a copy

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