Imhoff Battery

Posted on April 5, 2022 / 16
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : South Africa

Imhoff Battery was named after the Dutch Governor General G.W. can Imhoff.  The Battery was  sometimes called the Cover Face Imhoff because it shielded the main Castle from direct fire originating from vessels in the harbour.  It also acted in support of the nearby Chavonnes Battery.  In 1744 the foundation stone was laid at Imhoff Battery and it was completed one year later. It mounted forty eight guns and some mortars.

The Imhoff Battery was primarily constructed of earth and sand and mounted heavy guns.  An image held by the Cape Archives (AG 1884) is dated 1850 and shows what appears to be British 24-pdr SB guns on iron traversing carriages.  (The image shows a similar 24-pdr and carriage).  The batters is believed to have mounted six SB guns in 1851.  The Royal Commission Appointed to Enquire into the Defence of British Possessions and Commerce Abroad  recommended in 1882 that Imhoff Battery mount six 64-pdr RML guns.  This was subsequently reduced to two 64-pdr RML guns for practice only, and no improvements were to be made to the old works.

Thereafter Imhoff Battery does not feature as a coastal defence battery on returns.  The railway line was built in 1859 between Cape Castle and Imhoff Battery and it was finally demolished in 1926


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