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August 1, 2005 3:21 AM   Subscribe

The Maunsell Sea Forts: During the Second World War, three anti-aircraft forts were built in 1941-42 to protect the Thames Estuary, designed by Mr. G. A. Maunsell.
posted by dhruva (11 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Excellent post dhruva. These remind me of Vienna's anti-aircraft towers - another architectual legacy of the second world war which are still standing.
posted by three blind mice at 4:00 AM on August 1, 2005


See also Sealand, the coastal fortress that declared independence from the UK and acts as a data haven. There are pictures here.
posted by jodrell at 4:06 AM on August 1, 2005


Great post dhruva. They look decrepit space invaders.
posted by peacay at 4:18 AM on August 1, 2005


It's all very City of Lost Children. Jeunet would probably like this as a setting for a movie. So would I, come to think of it, but I'm afraid it'd just be another Waterworld.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 4:28 AM on August 1, 2005


Hah... Joakim, I was just going to say "very Waterworld, or Myst". I love them.

Also, cool additional links, guys.
posted by taz at 6:01 AM on August 1, 2005


Those are way effin' cool. Shoulda been used in an episode of The Prisoner (but first thing I thought was Myst/Riven as well).
posted by Skygazer at 9:30 AM on August 1, 2005


I'm sure an episode of the 1960s Patrick McGoohan TV series "Dangerman" was shot on one of these forts. Anyone remember?
posted by TiredStarling at 9:32 AM on August 1, 2005


Interesting, thanks dh.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:36 AM on August 1, 2005


Excellent, thanks dhruva! They look like they are marching inland to invade ...
posted by carter at 10:11 AM on August 1, 2005


...and don't forget the Spithead forts, like little castles (scroll down) out there in the waters...
posted by Pliskie at 12:30 PM on August 1, 2005


dhruva, these are incredible. Thanks for the post.
posted by LeeJay at 12:43 AM on August 2, 2005


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