2009

ST2265 : The "Disappearing Gun"

taken 15 years ago, 5 km SE of Lavernock, The Vale of Glamorgan/Bro Morgannwg, Wales

The "Disappearing Gun"
The "Disappearing Gun"
This gun is "disappearing" in more ways than one. Much of the barrel has since been removed and recovered as scrap with this specimen, but it is also clearly visible that the attempt was abandoned, but these guns were known as disappearing guns for another reason and the clue to this is the large circular enclosure where they were placed.

They were designed to be brought up over the lip of the circular enclosure, quickly aimed, fired and then the recoil would automatically drop the gun into the enclosure a long time before the sound or projectile even arrived at its target. There are numerous of these enclosures (and more complete versions of the guns) around the island.

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ST2265, 26 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Hywel Williams   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 13 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 11 October, 2009
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 221 650 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.7535N 3:7.2412W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 221 650
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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