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    Hi all

    Well the boys have been out and about for 3 days of underground fun and games in Kent.
    Myself, Fluffy and the mighty Godzilla first decended on Shornemead fort. Work was started on the fort
    in 1847 and it took 6 years to finish, though the marshy ground was to soft for the heavy fort so it
    was rebuilt. There`s lots of info on this place but not what remains under ground (and there is a lot)

    These first few pictures are from what remains of the surface building.





    Now Fluffy said there was some underground goodness to be had, so Fluffy and Gogzilla both kitted up
    with there wellingtons and I got my waders on (I DID TELL FLUFFY TO BRING HIS) and guess what, yep
    the water was deeper than the boys could cope with, I think people on the Essex coast could hear him
    swear, not a happy boy. So just to rub much salt in to there wounds....

    Lets go underground........

    This is a small passageway that leads to the main passage that links all the underground magazines (All 20 of them)
    as you can see from the black tide mark the water is normaly deep, it was over 2 feet deep when I went in.



    This is the view looking along the magazine passage.(That water is over 2 feet deep)



    And a few pictures of the magazines the branch off the passageway.







    There is plenty of other stuff to see along the magazine passageway.







    This is as far as I went as I was on my own and by this point I could not hear the boys so if I
    did get in to trouble I was going to be on my own, not good and it`s only about half way.
    The last shot is looking back along the curved passage way.



    Well thats it for Shornemead fort, thanks for looking and all comments are most welcome.
    There are lots more pictures on my FlickR site, so pop over to:-

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/newage2...7627451229969/

    Cheers Newage
    Last edited by Newage; 2nd Sep 11 at 15:02.
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    Fabulous place.Gives new meaning to the old cry 'keep your powder dry'
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    Oooh nice. :)

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    They came out even better than I thought they would - great shots Newage! As the man says, a lack of waders prevented me and Fluffy from getting any really good shots of the mags, but there were some interesting features up top, particularly in terms of ironwork.

    We reckoned this might have been for a hawser that allowed the guns to be moved toward and away from the embrasures (these were originally muzzle-loaders)



    These probably allowed guns to be lifted on and off gun carriages for repair


    Some interesting little passages and also what is probably the emplacement and rail mounting for one of the 5.5 inch guns that were positioned at either end of the battery in WW2





    We decided we are definitely going back (with waders) for another attempt at the rest of the underground stuff!
    GDZ
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    Awesome stuff guys', I thought fluffy would have had some waders in that dam great bag he Carry's about.
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    nice shots very interesting :)

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    I wanna go here, looks amazing!

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    Nice stuff :)
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    Great place and some fantastic remains. Excellent work, boys. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Oooh nice. :)
    Come on Mr K. You must be due for a trip down to Kent. Shall we give you a shout when we go back?;)
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