Fort Victoria

Isle of Wight, Newport, UK
Posted on February 4, 2023 / 5
Listing Type : Coastal Fort
Location : England

Fort Victoria (Sconce Point Battery) was built between 1852 and 1855 and was designed to mount smooth bore guns.  The original armament was ten 68-pdr SB guns on the Western face and eleven SB shell guns on the Northern face.  There were six 32-pdr SB gun mounted on the roof.

In 1861 the armament was upgraded to mount three 7-inch RBL guns.  The 10-inch Sb shell guns were reduced to ten pieces and the 68-pdrs remained unchanged.  The number of 32-pdrs on the upper floors was doubled to twelve.  There were proposals to arm the fort with thirteen 64-pdr RML guns but this was never followed through.

By 1872 the Fort was becoming redundant and the Royal Engineers converted it to a Submarine Mine Station.

In 1888 a trial see-saw searchlight was built just outside the fort. This was supported by three additional searchlights between 1898 and 1899 for minefield protection.

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