Posted on 5th September 2017 / 230
Listing Type : Military Harbour
Location : Africa

The Dutch East India Company established a small port facility in Simon’s Town in 1743, but is was taken over the British in the 1790s.  The base was then steadily developed by the British until about 1950.  It is still in use by the South African Navy at this time.

The dockyard grew in importance during the later half of the 19th Century, and in 1900 was expanded with a new dry dock and breakwater.  The dry dock is still in use.

The importance of this naval base required it to be defended by a chain of coastal defence batteries.  Maps from 1806 show six small gun batteries built along the shore line (TNA MR 1/1285).  They included a number of guns and 13-inch Mortars.

 

At Simon’s Bay the following guns are proposed in 1887:

Upper North Battery                   2 x 9-ins RML

Lower North Battery                   1 x 7-ins RML

Cemetery Battery                       2 x 9-ins RML and 2 x 7-in RML

Noah’s Ark Battery                    1 x 9.2-ins BL and 2 x 7-ins RML

Red Hill Batter (deleted)              2 x 9-ins RML

 

Simon’s Bay the following guns are proposed in 1894:

Upper North Battery                   1 x 9.2-ins and 2 x 9-ins RML

Lower North Battery                   4 x 7-ins RML

Outside Lower North Battery        1 x 9-ins RML (dismounted shortly after)

Cemetery Battery                       2 x 9-ins RML and 2 x 7-in RML

Noah’s Ark Battery                    1 x 9.2-ins BL and 2 x 7-ins RML

Red Hill Batter (deleted) 2 x 9-ins RML

 

 

 

By 1912 the bay is protected by four batteries, including 4 x 9.2-inch guns and 5 x 6-ins guns.  The  Batteries were Noah’s Ark, Queens, Upper North and Scala.

 

On one of the images can be seen the dry dock, the emblems of many ships can be seen on the side.  (Dock yard picture from By Discott – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35438005.)

John Cartwright
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