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PostSubject: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeFri Aug 14, 2020 7:47 pm

https://londonist.com/2013/05/the-abandoned-estuary-sea-forts-from-wwii

Last November I was lucky enough to go on a boat trip to visit these fantastic relics of World War Two.

A work colleague knows a guy that runs these trips so he arranged everything.

Very hard to describe how impressive these monumental forts are up close, they really are something! We were planning another trip earlier this year before Covid put the world on hold.

Well luckily the trips are resuming and my mate has booked the trip again for 6th September.

The history of these forts is amazing, well worth reading up on!

Here's a few of my own pictures from last November.

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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeFri Aug 14, 2020 7:52 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeFri Aug 14, 2020 8:14 pm

These are so cool!

Can you climb up in to them?

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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeFri Aug 14, 2020 8:17 pm

It's getting harder and harder, but there used to be someone who operated a pirate radio station from one of them.
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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeFri Aug 14, 2020 8:28 pm

The public aren't allowed onto them, they are quite dangerous as a lot of the metal has rusted away.

The National Lottery Grant have put money towards the restoration of one of these structures. My friend who organized the trip also volunteers as a welder on it.
They have had a look at another one, when they went into the boiler room the floor completely gave way underneath!

They have been used in filming and other events in the past but apparently the deterioration has been quite rapid in recent years which is why they do need time and money spent on them sooner rather than later.

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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeFri Aug 14, 2020 9:50 pm

Very cool Rich! I saw those recently on the tv show abandoned engineering, they really were a fantastic Sea defense.

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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeSat Aug 15, 2020 2:16 am

I think an episode of Danger Man was filmed on one of these things.

Very cool, and nice pics!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeSat Aug 15, 2020 8:57 am

affraid  Those things look bloody dangerous! You wouldn't get me anywhere near them! lol!


Brian. well remembered re Dangerman. An episode called 'Not So Jolly Roger' apparently.

'The story-line centres around an offshore radio station, based on a Thames Estuary Fort and it being used as a cover for sending messages to enemy submarines.

Part of the episode was filmed on Red Sands Fort, home of Radio Invicta, KING Radio and (at the time of filming) Radio 390'.

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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeSun Aug 16, 2020 5:57 pm

somekindajoe wrote:
affraid  Those things look bloody dangerous! You wouldn't get me anywhere near them! lol!

Just don't forget your speedos!  lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Red Sands Sea Forts   Red Sands Sea Forts Icon_minitimeSun Aug 16, 2020 8:05 pm

somekindajoe wrote:
affraid  Those things look bloody dangerous! You wouldn't get me anywhere near them! lol!


No doubt, and i can imagine the corrosion that has continued the last 55 years since the show.

From today's perspective, it's kind of mind blowing to think that these forts were only little more than 20 years removed from the war when the show was filmed

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