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« on: February 20, 2012, 06:37:00 am »
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Out of the mist appears like strange alien robots from war of the worlds.

No this is not relics from an alien invasion but a real conflict of WW2 when England was threatend by the Nazis. England in its hour of need resorted to many unique projects. One such project was the Maunsell anti air craft batteries guarding the Thames estuary.

I cannot imagine a more cold windswept and exposed gun platforms facing aircraft attack. Today they stand as a rusting tribute to a Stoic era of English history.

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 09:39:54 am »
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WOW   Never seen or heard of those when I was over there.   

They look like something from the movie Water World or the like.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 01:14:03 pm »
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these have a story within the pirate radio stations of the 60`s , i had vaguely thought it was to do with radio caroline, but it was to do with city radio in oct 1965 when they set up a transmitter on one of the forts in hardlucks post. called shivering sands fort.

this link best explains what am on about.

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 03:01:38 pm »
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Pretty amazing, I can't even imagine how scary manning that post would be.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 03:54:14 pm »
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Sort of a forerunner of the present day oil platforms. ....... Pirate radio in the 60s.... Those were the days  Grin . Can you enter or get in those forts now??

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 04:55:34 pm »
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Radio Caroline!   Man I aint heard that name sense back in the 70's.

Living in Tucson, I thought they as on a ship in the Pac.



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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 05:17:23 pm »
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A blast from the past.

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 07:13:08 pm »
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An interesting story to say the least.  I thought one of the better comments regarding UK government trying
to shut down the pirate radio stations was "Why break a butterfly upon the wheel?"
Thanks for the pictures and the story, HH Robroy59

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012, 05:00:51 pm »
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Definitely pretty neat, and not someplace I'd have wanted to be stationed, but also not forerunners of present day oil platforms.   If anything, oil platforms were the inspiration for the Manusell sea forts.   The first oil platform for a submerged well was built in 1891 in Grand Lakes Saint Marys in Ohio.  In 1937, Pure Oil and Superior Oil put a fixed platform 1 mile off of the Louisiana coast.

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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012, 10:03:05 pm »
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That's interesting BA. Would have thought the under sea drilling would have come later.  I see they have a reproduction well at Titusville, PA on the old Edwin Drake site..

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