Maunsell Sea Forts

By on November 5, 2005

I’d never heard of the Maunsell Sea Forts until tonight. When I first saw this picture, I thought it was an image from Myst or Riven:

The Thames Estuary Army Forts were constructed in 1942 to a design by Guy Maunsell, following the successful construction and deployment of the Naval Sea Forts. Their purpose was to provide anti-aircraft fire within the Thames Estuary area. Each fort consisted of a group of seven towers with a walkway connecting them all to the central control tower. The fort, when viewed as a whole, comprised one Bofors tower, a control tower, four gun towers and a searchlight tower.

And, of course, there’s an article on it at Wikipedia.

Via memepool.



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  2. Doesn’t the redsand fort look an awful lot like the “Big Shell” in Metal Gear Solid 2?

    I can’t seem to find mention of it being an inspiration for the game, but I’m nearly convinced based on similarity alone.

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