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Gordon Battery, Hout Bay

flickr-131547075.jpg View inside the bush pubThumbnailsGun at East Fort (Lower), Hout Bay

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The North 360 deg traversing platform implacement having been extensively cleaned up, but alas the guns require platforms and carriages for which extensive funding is needed. On this spot, there would have only been one gun which would have been mounted with the trunions above the level of the revetment wall in front to allow the gun to be fired at a depressed angle at short range. If it is possible to reconstruct the five Traversing Platforms which once existed, it is likely that they will be the only examples of their type in the country. It is the intention of the Trust to restore all eight guns to working order. This will mean that East Fort will be the oldest working coastal battery in the world. The Guinness Record is currentlly held by a battery at Dover in England since 1886.

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