SS63-1 Prince Georges Battery
Posted on December 31, 2015 / 675
poi type : Gun BatteryMagazine
Location : Gibraltar
Condition : Good

Prior to the installation of the QF Battery in 1905 there was a single heavy RML gun mounted here, see 1897 map below. (TNA).

The 1885 report stated that this was a good location for a B.L. Gun although somewhat restricted by the Mess Buildings. (TNA WO 106/6319).  This report showd that the battery still had old guns mounted and it recommended that these all be removed, leaving just the 9ins RML.

The Battery is shown as having three facets in early years:

   Approved                Mounted

Flank                            Nil                        1 x 8ins SB Howitzer

Face                              1 x 9ins RML      1 x 9ins RML

Mortar Battery           Nil                        3 x 3ins LS Mortars

 

The QF Battery was built between 1905 and 1907 and was a fairly elaborate works as shown in the images below. The total crew was thirty one, including two officers. The battery was armed with two 4-ins Q.F. Guns Mark I.

 

The battery had a shell store immediately under each gun and the cartridge store was between the two gun mounts.  To the rear , and also underground were two crew shelters for ten men each, and an officers shelter for two.  There was also a small cooking room.

There were latrines on the south side, a telephone cabinet and small artillery store.

In 1926 the battery was still active and the guns are shown to be:

A/1 – 4″ Q.F.  Mk.III on a Garrison Q.F. Mk.1 R.C.D. Gun Number 2844, EOC 196

A2 – 4″ Q.F.  Mk.III on a Garrison Q.F. Mk.1 R.C.D. Gun Number 2845, EOC 212

It would therefore appear that the guns have been upgraded since installed from MkI to MkIII

See TNA WO 78/5248

 

The Battery was demolished when the whole area was used as a quarry for the new Harbour walls in 1900.

 

 

SS63-1 Prince Georges Battery
Prior to the installation of the QF Battery in 1905 there was a single heavy RML gun mounted here, see 1897 map below. (TNA).

The 1885 report stated that this was a good location for a B.L. Gun although somewhat restricted by the Mess Buildings. (TNA WO 106/6319).  This report showd that the battery still had old guns mounted and it recommended that these all be removed, leaving just the 9ins RML.

The Battery is shown as having three facets in early years:

   Approved                Mounted

Flank                            Nil                        1 x 8ins SB Howitzer

Face                              1 x 9ins RML      1 x 9ins RML

Mortar Battery           Nil                        3 x 3ins LS Mortars

 

The QF Battery was built between 1905 and 1907 and was a fairly elaborate works as shown in the images below. The total crew was thirty one, including two officers. The battery was armed with two 4-ins Q.F. Guns Mark I.

 

The battery had a shell store immediately under each gun and the cartridge store was between the two gun mounts.  To the rear , and also underground were two crew shelters for ten men each, and an officers shelter for two.  There was also a small cooking room.

There were latrines on the south side, a telephone cabinet and small artillery store.

In 1926 the battery was still active and the guns are shown to be:

A/1 – 4″ Q.F.  Mk.III on a Garrison Q.F. Mk.1 R.C.D. Gun Number 2844, EOC 196

A2 – 4″ Q.F.  Mk.III on a Garrison Q.F. Mk.1 R.C.D. Gun Number 2845, EOC 212

It would therefore appear that the guns have been upgraded since installed from MkI to MkIII

See TNA WO 78/5248

 

The Battery was demolished when the whole area was used as a quarry for the new Harbour walls in 1900.

 

 

SS63-1 Prince Georges Battery
poi type : Gun BatteryMagazine
Location : Gibraltar
Condition : Good
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