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The Fort Bovisand Trust is working with Fort Bovisand Developments Limited to restore and redevelop Fort Bovisand.
The Fort Bovisand Trust is working with Fort Bovisand Developments Limited to restore and redevelop Fort Bovisand. The Trust, established in 2011, has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will begin to develop the Fort as a visitor destination. The Trust's vision is to see Fort Bovisand brought back to life - offering a place to learn and a chance to have fun and experience the stunning location of this remarkable site.
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How many Forts does it take to guard the entrance to Plymouth? The answer is 4: Fort Bovisand to cover the eastern entrance at the end of the Breakwater, Fort Picklecombe on the Cornwall side of the Sound, the Breakwater Fort and Drakes Island fortifications whose 25 tonne guns were discovered buried on the top of the island.
How many Forts did it take to guard the entrance to Plymouth Sound? Answer provided tomorrow.
Yesterday we asked you how many Forts were built around Plymouth.... The answer is approximately 24 – these include Crownhill Fort, Royal Citadel, Mount Batten Tower and Mount Edgcumbe Blockhouse.
How many Forts were built around Plymouth to bring the town and Naval Dockyard defences up to date? These were built to be an effective deterrent against the new threat posed by the French naval iron clad ships. Answer posted tomorrow.
On the 30th April 1944 an enemy plane was engaged by the Fort’s guns.
Searchlights scanned the skies when Plymouth was under attack.
The last gun changes came in 1942, the old 1898 guns, were replaced by two twin 6 pound, 10 cwt, guns capable of engaging motor torpedo boats or M.T.Bs as they were known, they could fire 70 rounds a minute.
During the Second World War six search lights were operational at the Fort; two bombs fell on the Fort during the very heavy raids on Plymouth in 1941, fortunately they failed to explode.
During the second World War 157 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery Royal Artillery took over the 12 pounder guns and the Royal Engineers occupied the lower Fort bringing a total of about 115 personnel into active service with gun practices taking place and the gunners manning their stations when sirens sounded in the Plymouth area. We have been told by a local gentleman whose family has lived in the Coastguard cottages since the early 1900s, residents were told to open all their windows when the big guns fired or the level of the noise produced by the guns would blow their window out.
A new accommodation block was built in 1912 by the old Coastguard cottages and during the First World War additional troops were stationed here as a threat of attack by German submarines, search lights were also installed at the Eastern entrance of the Sound, however no action took place during this period.
Did you know each of the 23 Rifle Muzzle Loading guns would have had a detachment of men under a Gin Captain to operate it? There would also have been an N C O (non-commissioned officer) whose duties would include it's maintenance and cleanliness and the various stores required in each casemate or gun room.
The reservoir at Staddon Point had a constant supply of water. 9 inch cast iron pipes were laid to bring water down to tenders docking in the harbour from ships moored nearby. The reservoir was built by the contractors who were constructing the Breakwater under Sir John Rennie, the large limestone rocks were taken from nearby Oreston quarries and the granite blocks from Dartmoor. It was used up until the First World War.
Did you know between 1816 and 1824 a stone lined 12,000 gallon reservoir was built on the top of Staddon Point? This was to ease the increasing pressures in the Royal Naval Dockyard as a large number of ships needed to restock with provisions and water.
We have been very busy lately and have met some lovely people, including an ex-gunman, someone whose family lived in the Coastguard Cottages during the war and a few divers. A big thanks to Paul Tancock, Len McVicker and Peter Holt. Over the coming days and weeks we will be posting some interesting facts that they have told us.....keep posted.
We would like to extend a massive 'thank you' to Ray Ives' Diving and Shipwreck Museum in Hooe for showing us around his memorabilia. Most of the photos you have seen were taken from there.
From the mid-1970s #FortBovisand was used as a school's outdoor activity centre. Buildings were converted to bunk houses, kitchen and dining area. The cottage was used as a toilet and shower block and a lounge and staff accommodation.