stones as a supply for building the homes close by? The cannons were removed some years back and recently came back with a nice refurbish and new wooden bases.
West Fort cannon, the East Fort was and still is to the right of the picture and on the far side of the bay.
Looking from West Fort, the East Fort is about center of that large rock in the foreground and on the other side of Hout Bay.
Click on the images to see in a larger size. The area is a Nature Conservation area, the No Take Zone means no poaching, not that anyone seems to care really?
I have to assume that a survey indicated just where the cannons were placed originally, perhaps a plan
of the old fort exists?
Today the forts are just history and all in the past but for sure both the West Fort and East Fort added valuable protection for Cape Town which was not that very far away in front of where the camera man was standing. Thats Cape Towns Table Mountain in the distance and to the left, Cape Town is the other side of there only.
The markings VOC was Dutch,I assume this is also? ( no its Swedish)
Does this say 1732 or 1722? either way to be within a decade of the cannons manufacture is quite
special. Thats as much as 291 years old?
Open this link for a fantastic picture and more on West Fort in Hout Bay.
A nation that turns its back on its history, the lessons and experiences of the past, good or bad, undermines the foundations of its future.
York Point, better known as West Fort. Both Hillman Imps are 1967 models.
Two members of The Imp Club met at the cannons for a photo shoot.