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    Default Fuel Depot - July 2017


    Visited with Dick Derpin.

    I'd intended to keep everything local this summer because of a lack of funds and an aged car, but in the end I came to the conclusion that we'd done almost everything accessible within an hours drive. After some pondering I also realised that I've lost 'the spark' with most facets of Urbex. The only thing at the moment that really buzzes me is WW2 and underground stuff, so I set to work on finding something new outside of Kent...

    I'd seen these fuel stores knocking around online not long ago and I managed to rope Dick Derpin into meeting up and driving down there... We were pleasantly surprised to find access and had a damn good old fashioned mooch about for over 3 hours! It's been a really long time since I've done a wartime site this big and in such good condition. An impressive place indeed.

    The depot is 120+ foot underground, with 30cm thick walls. It was built in the 1930s to store fuel for the Navy. A number of men died building it because of collapses. It was decommissioned in the 90s.

    One of the portals.


    The passages here are some of the longest I've ever been in.


    Bolted hatches which seem to lead to the reservoirs.




    Some mad sets of stairs too.


    Slope with a track for some kind of cart.


    Shelter.


    Pump room. I struggled to get shots in here because the room was flooded with oil and water and I had only carrier bags tied to my feet Not only that, but it stank. The air was thick and hazy, so we didn't hang about long.


    Group shot.


    To finish, it was a really sweet site and topped off an excellent summer. Big up to DD for driving.

    Thanks for looking,

    SJ.
    Last edited by SlimJim; 30th Jul 17 at 22:43.
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    I like this Slim, was only watching a video on this the other day. Great shots

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    I too watched the same video, I think it was done by IKS Exploration. But the guy holding the camera was walking in a foot of sludge and oil. Like you, he didn't go far. I like your shot of the generator room.
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    Very nice, not seen this for an age, glad you got there. :)

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    Enjoyed that mate.still yet to do one of these
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    Nicely done, looks like the place didn't disappoint.


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    Interesting post Jim, the shots of the pump room are good, have you got the stink out of your cloths yet or did you dump em as I did after nosing around Falmouth's fuel depot? I enjoyed it, Thanks
    Last edited by smiler; 31st Jul 17 at 17:51.

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    Shame that the pump room is flooded now, still its good that this place is still do-able!

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    That's very cool!
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    Ooo very cool! That last pic is great!!

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