Milford Haven – Pembroke

Posted on September 17, 2020 / 23
Listing Type : Naval Port or Anchorage
Location : Wales

Milford Haven Harbour was designated as a Class A dockyard and port by the  Home Ports Defence Committee, later the Home Defence Committee and was thus designed to resist attack from Battleships.

Milford Haven saw three main periods during which the fortifications were developed.

1850’s with smooth bore guns, which included:

Royal Commission Forts built during the 1860’s, mainly with RML guns:

Later Enhancements in the 1890’s onwards with Breech Loading guns:

  • Chapel Bay Battery (Fort) was constructed between 1890 and 1891 and then upgraded between 1898 and 1901 to mount three 6-inch Mark VII guns and three 12-pdr Q.F. guns. A separate  Quick Fire Battery was built outside the battery.
  • Stack Rock Fort.  Between 1900 and 1902 four 12-pdr Q.F. guns were mounted on the roof of the casemates.
  • West Blockhouse Battery was built adjacent to the old Blockhouse between 1900 and 1902.  It was armed with two 9.2-inch Mark X guns and three 6-inch Mark VII guns.
  • East Blockhouse Battery with two 9.2-inch Mark X guns and three 6-inch Mark VII guns
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