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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2010, 15:28:13 »
I just did a quick look. In the Yorke Island entry, Major Treatt is called (or it is hinted that he is ) a Canadian, although he was a British officer loaned to Canada to do a survey of coastal defence. See Vol II of The Gunners of Canada, pp 41, 447.

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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #26 on: October 24, 2010, 00:34:10 »
Does anyone have a good colour photo of a BC coastal defence emplacement - with gun?
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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #27 on: October 24, 2010, 00:44:15 »
http://www.fortroddhill.com/fort_rodd_hill_visitor_photos.html

You could try looking up other sites about Fort Rodd or McCaulay Point and other coastal defence sites.

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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2011, 12:15:25 »
 When I was younger growing up in Eastern Passage NS we would go into the Gun Batteries at Hartlen Point Golf Course. There is one main tunnel which we managed to get into. It would take you under 2 of the gun batteries, the 3 rd was flooded. We could  get into one of the magazines which was still full of the old ammo racks. We also used to check out the Forts On McNabs Island. If anyone has some real info on these sites could you post it. If you are in the area check them out. Bring a couple of Flashlights. it gets tricky with  a dead one.

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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #29 on: February 27, 2011, 16:27:36 »
I may be going up with a bunch of guys to spend a couple of days on Yorke Island helping them fix it up.

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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2012, 14:08:11 »
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/canadas-big-guns-ready-for-action-on-both-coasts/query/canadians

See clip at link. British Pathe film clip description:


Unused / unissued material - dates unclear or unknown.

Title reads: "British Empire News. Canada's Big Guns Ready For Action on Both Coasts".

Canada.

Canadian soldiers move around in underground defence tunnels. Row of ammunition. Soldiers move large artillery shells. Shells lifted by lift / elevator.

Shots of coastal artillery gun pointing out to sea on West Coast. Guns are loaded and prepared.

Troops run out of underground tunnel to man guns on East Coast. CU as gun is loaded. MS the gun is fired. Two officers look on through binoculars. More firing of coastal battery.
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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2012, 15:23:54 »
My maternal grandfather was involved in the construction of the WWII emplacements at York Redoubt as well as many of the buildings in Aldershot.
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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2014, 14:21:21 »
Just got back from visiting the remote coastal defence fort on Yorke Island  Thanks to the efforts of a avid local historian, A rather colourful ex-memeber of the RCA, Western Command (historical group), the Artillery association and the 15th Fd Regt RCA, the fort has now being protected made into a Conservancy which gives it certain protection. The volunteers have been busy over the last couple of years cleaning up the fort, removing dead trees, opening the drains, etc
Also the relatives of the only solider to die up there came up as well and during the ceremony we had a moment of silence to commemorate his sacrifice. Also the Commanding Officer of my regiment gave a gift and the honourary title of "Battery Commander" to the local who has been spearheading efforts to protect the fort for the last 10 years. Which clearly meant a lot to him as he got teary eyed!
 

The fort is in pretty good condition and features a fairly unique "Plastic Armour" made up of asphalt and cement. What's astounding is that all the stuff is pretty much built by hand and wheelbarrow.



 

Here is the blurb from wiki

 

 In 1938 Major Treatt of the Canada War Department, inspected the west coast of Canada and determined suitable locations for coastal defences. Yorke Island was determined to be a suitable site. The site was equipped with two 4.7” Quick firing guns, later replaced by two 6” Mk7 guns on Mk 2 mounting (transferred from the Stanley Park Battery). Also fitted was a 6 pdr Hotchkiss “examination gun”. Anti-aircraft defence was provided by two 40mm Bofors guns at two different sites. In all three 100 million carbon arc searchlights were positioned to maintain a night fighting ability. In addition examination vessels, nicknamed the "Gumboot Navy" due to the use of fishing vessels and their crew, were on station to assist the fort in examining all passing traffic.

 

Here is my album on it http://s690.photobucket.com/user/colinpark_photo/library/Yorke%20Island





a picture of the early 4.7" mount at the same location
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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2014, 20:49:51 »
Thanks for sharing. :salute:
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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #34 on: June 07, 2018, 01:21:01 »
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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #35 on: June 07, 2018, 02:38:42 »
I was looking for something else in the City of Vancouver's Archives and came across a series of photographs from their collection that seem to be about coast artillery.  There is no description other than they are from 1943 and were taken by a photographer from a local Vancouver photo studio.  I suspect that they may be of the battery at Point Grey.

http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-big-guns-5
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-2
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-big-guns
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-big-guns-2
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-big-guns-3
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-big-guns-4
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-big-guns-6
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-big-guns-7
http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/army-training-big-guns-8

I have to laugh at the archivist who definitely had no military grounding in any way, shape or form who recorded these fonds:  "Army training - big guns "
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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #36 on: June 07, 2018, 10:23:06 »
Actually I think it might be Alberthead or one of the other Victoria forts

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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #37 on: June 07, 2018, 10:45:55 »
Actually I think it might be Alberthead or one of the other Victoria forts

Was thinking that too - some of the scenery looked pretty familiar, and not from Vancouver.

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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #38 on: June 07, 2018, 12:27:24 »
Actually I think it might be Alberthead or one of the other Victoria forts

You're probably right.  My original guess that it may be Point Grey was made on the assumption that the photos were accredited to a civilian, Vancouver based photographer and thus were likely of something local to his area.  On a closer examination of the photos, the gun is clearly marked as a 9.2 inch (see attached photo).  The guns at Point Grey were 6 inch.  A quick study of some of the history of West Coast defences indicates that the only 9.2 inch guns were at Albert Head.
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Re: Coastal Defense's in WW2
« Reply #39 on: June 07, 2018, 15:06:19 »
the guns were shuffled around, so it gets confusing.