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   Undertoad  Tuesday Nov 15 07:09 PM

11/15/2005: Maunsell sea forts

Multiple people submitted this recent find which makes me think it somehow made the rounds. From the underground Kent website, the sort of site every locale should have:

The Thames Estuary Army Forts were constructed in 1942 to a design by Guy Maunsell, following the successful construction and deployment of the Naval Sea Forts. Their purpose was to provide anti-aircraft fire within the Thames Estuary area. Each fort consisted of a group of seven towers with a walkway connecting them all to the central control tower. The fort, when viewed as a whole, comprised one Bofors tower, a control tower, four gun towers and a searchlight tower. They were arranged in a very specific way, with the control tower at the centre, the Bofors and gun towers arranged in a semi-circular fashion around it and the searchlight tower positioned further away, but still linked directly to the control tower via a walkway. All the forts followed this plan and, in order of grounding, were called the Nore Army Fort, the Red Sands Army Fort and finally the Shivering Sands Army Fort. All three forts were in place by late 1943, but Nore is no longer standing. Construction of the towers was relatively quick, and they were easily floated out to sea and grounded in water no more than 30m (100ft) deep.

Huh. I thought they were those walkers from The Empire Strikes Back.

Griff  Tuesday Nov 15 07:14 PM

mmm... Condos. What color are you going to paint yours?

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 15 07:40 PM

With my luck, Homer Simpson would move in next door. All the inconvenience of a light house and neighbors too.

Oafed  Tuesday Nov 15 08:48 PM

Hmm... Can you buy 'underwater' land?? I wanna build my own place.

Happy Monkey  Tuesday Nov 15 08:58 PM

(As I said when I was one of the multiple submitters)

It looks like something out of Myst.

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 15 09:03 PM

Originally Posted by Oafed
Hmm... Can you buy 'underwater' land?? I wanna build my own place.
Of course you can! heh heh heh Step into my office.

Slight  Tuesday Nov 15 09:40 PM


One of these known as Roughs Tower is host to The Principality of Sealand. It hosts a collocation service called HavenCo which boasts: "Unsurpassed physical security from the world, including government subpoenas and search and seizures of equipment and data." There is more information about the location and history here.

seakdivers  Tuesday Nov 15 11:11 PM

How did you guys find me?

Crap. Now I have to relocate all over again, and I just got my new Ikea furniture yesterday.

Anybody have a raft I can borrow?

Elspode  Tuesday Nov 15 11:39 PM

Fascinating read. I didn't even know that these structures existed. Sadly, Google Earth does not have hi-rez views of the areas where these structures are located.

Cyclefrance  Wednesday Nov 16 06:14 AM

Here's some info and photos of other seaforts - not so much like an invading tripod martian! One has even been converted as living accommodation.

Another wierd fact (partially covered in the Wikepedia link, but takes some weeding out) - some of the seaforts shown in IOTD were actually taken over by pirate radio stations in the 1960's-70's when the UK didn't have an open broadcasting policy

astrodex  Wednesday Nov 16 08:27 AM

Reminds me of Stiltsville in Key Biscayne off Miami...only less pink.

Long time lurker, first time poster.

BigV  Wednesday Nov 16 11:56 AM

Welcome astrodex, it's good to see the lurkers finally speaking up!

Trilby  Wednesday Nov 16 12:46 PM

Hi, astrodex!

you're not really going to "run out" and get a cup of coffee living there, are you?

bargalunan  Wednesday Nov 16 01:41 PM

Reminds me of :

BigV  Wednesday Nov 16 01:41 PM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
With my luck, Homer Simpson would move in next door. All the inconvenience of a light house and neighbors too.

srom  Monday Nov 21 07:02 PM

awesome. it does look like a stage set from a sci-fi movie.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 21 08:02 PM

Hey srom, shouldn't that be New York State & Massachusetts Commonwealth?

capnhowdy  Tuesday Nov 22 08:18 AM

now that's a lawn even I could maintain.

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