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Friday, November 2, 2012

A bit more about Fort Lytton...

Now an obvious feature of a fort would have to be guns! I don't really know much about guns but I learned a bit from Joe, our guide. Obviously each gun needed a number of people to operate it. Some guns could only be loaded from the front. It was extremely dangerous for the gunners who had to reload such guns; they were at risk of being hit by enemy fire...

here we are standing in a 'bunker' with one of the fort's guns; the newer guns like this could swivel which made it easier on the gunner crews...

This gun is older than the one in the previous photo. A number of these guns were sent to  the colonies...mainly to guard the administrators of the fledgling settlements

This gun is also from the UK but it has been adapted to be a back loading gun..

When the Ampol company took over the land, they filled in part of the moat around the fort and replaced the wooden bridge with this causeway....

The first part of the fort that we came across...


This is one of the bunker rooms in the fort building. The gun is on the other side of the windows. (originally there were no windows, just open) The crew would sleep in this room 

The gun on the other side of those windows and door

This is the part of the fort where the ammunition was kept; the walls are very thick!

Another gun emplacement in the fort building

This is yet another gun emplacement in the fort complex...facing towards the river








Some of the buildings have been turned into museums....

DH looking very serious with a machine gun lol







 Ruins of a lookout...




This is what is left of a lookout tower...
 This board showed what the tower once looked like...

This is a bit more of the old lookout tower.... plans are to restore it eventually...

This is a gun emplacement dating back to WW2...it can't be seen from the air...



After the tour DH and I walked back to the building near the entry....the photo below shows one of the old spotlights used during the war. This is one of 2 such lights here at Fort Lytton...Because of the proximity to the airport these spotlights can't be used not even on the 'special re enactment days'...


Some more of the display, including shells...

These gun carriages were just near the entry...

1 comment:

shez said...

very interesting Maria,i havent heard of this place,thankyou for the tour.xx