NJ9605 : Torry Point Battery, Aberdeen

taken 8 months ago, near to Torry, Aberdeen, Great Britain

Torry Point Battery, Aberdeen
Torry Point Battery, Aberdeen
Looking down onto the parade ground of the battery with, from left to right, the gateway, the guard room and gun emplacements.
Built in 1860, it was to defend Aberdeen, and up until 1953 it was it was the main coastal defence for Aberdeen from its natural vantage point. During World War I, it was manned on a permanent basis and this continued during the inter-war years. In World War II it was adapted for modern warfare. Concrete covers for the guns were constructed over the guns to protect from dive bombers. Anti-aircraft guns and searchlights were installed and it was staffed by City of Liverpool Battalion of the Royal Artillery. In 1941, two direct hits from 500lb bombs killed two soldiers. The battery guns engaged a German fighter plane which came down in flames over St Cyrus. Heavy guns opened fire on an unidentified ship entering the harbour, but this turned out to be a friendly vessel and was luckily unharmed.
After the war the battery and the surrounding nissen huts were used as emergency accommodation for a number of homeless families. The last family left in 1953. After this the battery was abandoned.
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Date Taken
Monday, 17 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 18 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 9651 0563 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:8.4932N 2:3.5582W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 9655 0562
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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