Archive for October 9, 2014

The enclosure of the casements and the relocation of the guns to the ramparts of the fort was accompanied by a change in armament. the muzzle loading guns were replaced by breach-loaders which meant that a more permanent sighting could be made for the guns as they did not have to be withdrawn for loading.

Breach-loading gun 1903

Breach-loading gun 1903

One problem of the relocation was that the Ammunition now needed to be stored in the upper parts of the Fort and so new ammunition lockers were provided at Gun level with a system of hoists to bring i up from the stores below.

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There was also the inclusion of 2 Hotchkiss Quick Loading guns in 1904 but these were withdrawn from the fort 2 years later.

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Between the two world wars a Battery observation post was added at the highest point of the fort, which gave excellent views over both Weymouth and Portland bays and which could relay accurate range data to the gun emplacements on the perimeter below.

Battery Observation point

Battery Observation point