The fort protected the eastern side of the Medway estuary, the west being guarded by Grain Fort and Grain Tower Battery. It was built at the north-western tip of Sheerness Docks in the 1860's and was the most heavily armed of the Chatham Forts. By 1880 its two tiers of casemates contained fourty four 9", 10", 11" and 12.5" RML guns with a complement of up to 360. In the 1890's four new 6" quick firing guns were added as well as a Brennan land based torpedo as at Cliffe Fort. It is now abandoned and closed to the public.

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Inside Sheerness Docks


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