Hesses Demi-Bastion

Posted on January 17, 2021 / 9
Listing Type : Land Battery
Location : Gibraltar

Hesse’s Demi-bastion was originally a Spanish construction named Saint Peter’s Bastion.  The guns covered the eastern side of the ditch and approaches to Landport Gate.  Hesse’s Demi-bastion was named after Prince George of Hesse-Darmstadt who commanded the Marines in 1704 when the captured Gibraltar.   Initially armed with two 18-pdrs and four 4-pdrs guns

Returns for 1859 show the following armament:

  • Two 68-pdr Carronades
  • Three 24-pdr guns
  • Three 24-pdr Carronades

Return for 1886 show Hesse’s Demi-bastion armed with:

  • Six 32-pdr SB guns

The location became a hub point for the water supply many of the original features have been lost.

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