Military http://urbexobsession.com/category_Military en Unknown Blockhouse http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Unknown_Blockhouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Unknown Blockhouse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">There is conflicting information as to the purpose of this building.  Some information seems to indicate that this site was a World War II-era radar site.  Perhaps a transmitter site, associated with the large antenna atop the nearby mountain-top.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Other information suggests that this building was part of the communications system assembled by railway that would bring Newfoundland into Canada, and part of the viewership of the CBC.  Its proximity to the former railroad does seem to support that.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">There will be further updates as I find out more.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=9144&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="E7a2mY4mgalbcEBNqjEpJMKXR4RCf7-ceqQFqqW2nx8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 9144 at http://urbexobsession.com Stephenville AFS http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Stephenville_AFS <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stephenville AFS</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Belonging to the United States Air Force, construction of this radar station began in 1951 and was completed two years later.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1971, control of the station was handed over to the Royal Canadian Air Force, and it was promptly closed.  Despite being part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetree_Line" target="_blank">Pinetree Line</a>, and having radar designed for use with the <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> system, the station was never made part of the SAGE network.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the time of its closing, it was equipped with an <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/radar_FPS20" target="_blank">AN/FPS-93A</a>, <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/radar_FPS6" target="_blank">AN/FPS-6B</a> and an AN/FPS-90, a higher powered version of the AN/FPS-6.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=914&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Zg7Jij4bwtdXN0GklfOosHrZELfC4rp2YnPqlbB5KJQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 914 at http://urbexobsession.com Harmon AFB Hanger http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Hanger <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harmon AFB Hanger</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker" hreflang="en">Harmon AFB Bunker</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Arriving in Stephenville, Newfoundland, it's easy to find yourself driving along an old runway.  As you look around, you will see many buildings remaining from the former Harmon AFB, some of them dating back to its original construction in the 1940's.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While driving along that runway, I noticed one building in particular that seemed no longer to be in use.  We pulled over to take a closer look.  It was a fascinating, large hanger and after peering through various broken windows, I came upon a way in.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It appears that someone had been using it for other purposes, and it further appears that afterward it had been empty for quite some time.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=889&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="B6cSiuQZeyNDtmarmiiEuw2vOk8DKw02BRBYdIWoACY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 889 at http://urbexobsession.com Harmon AFB Bunker http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harmon AFB Bunker</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I had, unfortunately, read about this a few months after being in Stephenville for the first time.  I marked it on my map for future reference with the idea that, someday, I would return.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I did.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We drove down the dirt road to the place I had marked on the map.  From there, it was a short walk along the path until we found what we were looking for.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a long concrete building with multiple bays for the storage of ordnance.  You could still make out the painted stencils on the wall indicating what should be stored within.  Each bay had a heater, and one room in the centre of the building featured the remains of a furnace and the other mechanics of maintaining the building.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It is interesting that this bunker was built so far away from the rest of the airbase.  There are other bunkers around, but they are closer and of a different design.  Perhaps the ordnance kept here was something more dangerous.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=856&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="RO3Qxo2do2mvQzaNq41dXaY2vCqvoyapN94GW2k04J0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 856 at http://urbexobsession.com CFS Armstrong http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_CFS_Armstrong <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CFS Armstrong</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Completed in 1954 by the US Air Force, this radar station was part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetree_Line" target="_blank">Pinetree Line</a>, a group of radar sites across Canada used as part of the defense against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was manned by the 914th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At this time, there were no roads linking Armstrong to the outside world. As a result, all food rations and supplies were brought in by way of the CNR Rail line.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the end of October, 1962, along with the climax of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_missile_crisis">Cuban Missile Crisis</a>, the station was handed over for operation by Royal Canadian Air Force.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In April, 1963, Armstrong would be declared operational on the <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) network. This system would help automate control of North American air space, and the guidance of intercepts of unknown targets.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The base ended operations in April, 1974 as it was declared redundant. It officially closed in October, 1975. This left the town of Armstrong in a difficult position, since the base provided much of the town's electricity, all road maintenance, snow clearing, fire and ambulance service.</p> <hr /><p><strong>July 15, 2004:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">While camping at the <a href="http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/slee.html">Sleeping Giant Provincial Park</a>, I noticed a road leading north with a sign that said, "Armstrong".</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Growing up, I'd heard many tales of a fabled Armstrong from my father. I thought it might be interesting to go and see what it looked like for myself.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a long, uninteresting road, with vast straight stretches. The only interruption of the trees were areas that had already been cut. This was truly heading toward desolation. As the miles of emptiness added up, so too did the speed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Cresting a hill, we noted a lone person standing in the middle of the road. What kind of idiot just stands in the middle of a remote road like that? An OPP Officer with a speed gun, that's who.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Afterwards, we arrived in Armstrong, and wandered about, taking in the local culture, the ambiance, sights and smells. Still, however, we had not managed to stumble upon the location of the former radar site.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We stopped for lunch at a small "greasy spoon", and later, while paying the bill, I asked the girl at the cash.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Would you know where the old radar site was?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"It's closed.", she replies, apparently believing she's being helpful.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Yes, I know, but do you know where it is?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Well, yes, but you're not supposed to go there, it's closed."</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I begin to wonder if the military has brainwashed her as part of some terrible conspiracy, or has she merely been the result of PCB contamination in the ground water? "I understand that it's closed, but could you please tell me where it is?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Finally, a light does come on, and she offers vague directions toward the site that prove to be sufficient.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>August 10, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Thirteen years later and another camping trip brings me back into the area.  I decided that another visit was now in order to see what become of the place.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Because I was very new to the entire concept of exploring abandoned places when I first came here, there were many things I missed the first time.  It's unfortunate, really, because I wonder if some of the things I found on this trip might have been in even better shape the last time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While looking about, I had the opportunity to meet three gentlemen who were there for an entirely different reason than I.  One was a federal geologist, the second a provincial geologist, and the third a PhD student of Geology.  They were there to collect rock samples from the hill on which the operations site had been constructed.  Apparently this rock formation was the result of seismic activity rather than glaciers like most formations in the Canadian Shield.  After an interesting conversation with them, we each went our own way to resume our specific goals.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=12&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="X45eAIDZIQXcvQw561j0TUTNrlsbUnNfvBuh2VGKi0Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 12 at http://urbexobsession.com Lowen-Adler Kaserne http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Lowen_Adler <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lowen-Adler Kaserne</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/08/2015 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Lowen-Adler" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="033ffa29-44f9-494d-934c-169360cb6865" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5235.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The Lowen-Adler Kaserne, or Lion-Eagle Barracks began in 1892 as a military training ground under <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_II,_German_Emperor" target="_blank">Emperor Wilhelm II</a>. It was so named because it was technically two separate barracks, the Lion's Barracks for infantry training, and the Eagle's Barracks for artillery and later mechanized training.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During World War I, two, possibly three different POW camps were constructed in close proximity to the west (Wustermark), north (Dyrotz) and east (Doberitz).</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Lowen-Adler" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="24097ff1-df75-4687-950c-393fc97b272f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5242.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the Olympic Games coming to Berlin in 1936, a suitable location needed to be selected for construction of the Olympic Village. The grounds just north of this base were selected, and afterward, its facilities were integrated into the training base.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After the war, from 1945 until 1992, the Soviet Army continued to use this base for training its own soldiers.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Lowen-Adler" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b698d55b-8219-4d30-892b-35855b915aa9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5246.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When we arrived, we discovered there were precious few places for people who didn't live there to park their cars. Eventually we found a place, and were faced with a decision. Do we take the tour of the former 1936 Olympic Village, (which had its own parking, I should add) or take a walk to the south side of the highway and see what wasn't on the tour. We opted for the latter, deciding that we'd do the tour afterward if there was time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The buildings at this facility are like none I had explored to date. The architecture was completely different. Despite their obvious age and state of neglect, most aspects of the buildings were still just as solid as they'd ever been.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Lowen-Adler" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3e312ca8-6d65-407b-a5de-8116ffc4add0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5248.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the number of buildings there, we could have stayed countless hours, but the time was getting late, and the clouds on the horizon were beginning to look ominous. We decided to take our leave.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Part way back, the heavens opened up on us. We were completely drenched to the skin by the time we got back to the car. And, for the record, we were too late to join the tour, even if it hadn't been pouring.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=150&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="N1pZDxwgrDJ7LbYxfwKYDw086GxjddMk_YRiUc9dgmU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 150 at http://urbexobsession.com Sperenberg Airbase http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Sperenberg <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sperenberg Airbase</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong><img alt="Front gates of the Sperenburg Air Base." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9bef0b06-7449-4aa3-bcf9-8d2dfb4fbc1c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5144.jpg" /></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Activity here began during the Prussian Empire. A military laboratory and testing site was constructed here as part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kummersdorf" target="_blank">Kummersdorf Complex</a>. In the early days, before the construction of facilities at <a href="http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Peenemunde_Museum" target="_blank">Peenemunde</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun" target="_blank">Wernher von Braun</a> began work on his rockets near here.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The site was taken over by the Soviet Army in May, 1945 and left mostly abandoned for over five years. At that point, the Soviets began looking for a place to build an airbase ideal for heavy transports. From 1958 - 1960, the basic layout of the facility was done with the use of inmates from a nearby prison. During the 1960's, construction continued as Soviet soldiers built the command bunkers. Finally, from 1972 - 1974, civilian contractors built hangers, dispersed shelters and installed improved electrical service. The runway was extended to 8,200 feet.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Barracks at the Sperenburg air base." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="aec46998-8665-4430-9d3b-a860b5c9fb60" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5157.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">During its operation under Soviet command, it was home to aircraft such as the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilyushin_Il-76" target="_blank">IL-76</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-22" target="_blank">AN-22</a>, and a single <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-26" target="_blank">AN-26</a>. Helicopters for base defense were also stationed here including the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil_Mi-24" target="_blank">Mi-24</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The base was returned to the newly reunified Federal Republic of Germany in 1994. In 2009, the federal government handed it to the state of Brandenburg. The location was briefly considered for use as a public airport, but its relatively remote location was seen as a negative, and nothing became of it.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Inside the base." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="325d0e9f-19e8-487e-9670-5eb570d5f40c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5165.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">This place is HUGE! We spent a great deal of time here and didn't come close to seeing everything! I almost believe we would have needed another two days on this location alone. And bicycles... those would have been useful too.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As you look through the photos below, you will likely note how few interior shots there are. That is because these buildings are treacherous! They are, for the most part, in horrible condition with the floors threatening to drop out beneath you at any moment. I've had a lot of experience with sketchy floors, but even I didn't feel comfortable with these.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Building near the airstrip of the Sperenburg base." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="886ee9ae-4839-413b-9910-66e32d668b5e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_5202.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">We spent a great deal of exploration time here just walking. There are so many buildings, and so much to see. I would definitely go back.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=152&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="jFNj_uTAesGLnnBbDfGR_2IFSrsE9LXCaCP_aKwR6As"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 152 at http://urbexobsession.com Versuchskommando Nord Barracks http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_VKN_Barracks <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Versuchskommando Nord Barracks</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Peenemunde_Museum" hreflang="en">Peenemunde Power Plant and Museum</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">As the facilities at Peenemunde were being constructed, the war was already taking men and material away from the project. Initially, it was attempted to make the V-2 project a high-priority project, guaranteeing the supplies and manpower required, but since Hitler was still not convinced that rockets were the answer to the war, he vetoed those attempts.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_von_Brauchitsch" target="_blank">Feldmarschall Walter von Brauchitsch</a> authorized the formation of a battalion of troops called Versuchskommando Nord (VKN or in English, Experimental Command North). Approximately 1,000 men were assembled into this new unit who had a background or education in physics or technical trades. They were employed immediately in the construction process.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After construction was complete, and when the V-2 was finally completed, the VKN was tasked with creating a training program for the field crews that would be using this weapon. When Hitler finally gave the green light to make the V-2 project high priority, a subunit called Versuchs Batterie 444 was created that was to develop firing procedures, giving field training and evaluating the A-4 (final production version of V-2) as a weapon system.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The buildings pictured here were built to house the unmarried military personnel making up part of this command.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After the war, the complex was used for the East German National People's Army, and subsequently the Bundeswehr until 1990.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When we first arrived at this location, we were faced with large, metal obstacles, and barbed wire. Immediately we became concerned that entry might be difficult. After a moment of careful observation, however, a point of entry presented itself.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As we were exploring the nearest buildings I caught the sound of very close movement. I slowly moved around the closest clump of trees and found myself staring at a deer. The building was shaped in such a way that the deer was now trapped. I motioned to my partner to move with me toward the building, giving the deer an easy out without panic and even more noise.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While I would have enjoyed exploring the property even longer than we did, we became concerned by the sounds of nearby partying and gunfire. That being said, I don't know that any period of time would have been sufficient.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=165&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="V9b0Hr7MSGfi-nSE3_miu9XmkatYuSldpTbVazFrOvk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 165 at http://urbexobsession.com Cranberry Point Battery http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Cranberry_Point <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cranberry Point Battery</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Chapel_Point" hreflang="en">Chapel Point Battery</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Stubberts_Point" hreflang="en">Stubbert&#039;s Point Battery</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The Cranberry Point Battery was constructed in 1917 and consisted of two 4.7" quick-fire guns. An additional 4.7" gun was moved here from the <a href="http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Chapel_Point">Chapel Point Battery</a> in May, 1917. The guns were removed after the war.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In World War II, a concrete observation post was added to this site along with two searchlights.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">This was our last stop on vacation. The sun was about to set and we moved quickly out to the point on foot. As we approached the end of the path, we encountered a minor barrier. The banks of the point had eroded on both sides, with a sharp drop. The loose ground made it a little sketchy.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was able to cross, carefully, but I don't know how many more storms will come and go before the point can no longer be accessed.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=222&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="8cp_zJRrtNwkINoZF3fWIwg1ZQwHlU_CHqz5e5S2Kpk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 222 at http://urbexobsession.com Chapel Point Battery http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Chapel_Point <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chapel Point Battery</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Cranberry_Point" hreflang="en">Cranberry Point Battery</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Stubberts_Point" hreflang="en">Stubbert&#039;s Point Battery</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The use of this location for defending the port harbour of Sydney, Nova Scotia, began in 1862. The site featured a battery of six 32-pounder guns in an earthwork emplacement as well as two stone magazines and a blockhouse. It was short-lived, however, as it was all but abandoned by 1865, and the stone from its construction was taken away to form the foundation of a church being constructed in Sydney Mines. Erosion destroyed much of the earthworks, and little else would be done here until the beginning of the first World War.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1914, two 4.7" field guns were installed in a new earthwork battery. These were removed in November, 1915. In October of 1916, one of them was put back again, but was relocated in May, 1917.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The second World War began and attention was once again brought to this little point of land. In 1940, two 4.7" MK7 quick-firing guns were put into place. In 1944, these were replaced by two 4-inch twin barreled MK16 guns. The four-story fire control and observation post was constructed and disguised as a church.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The site was deactivated in 1948.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">Not far along the coast from the <a href="http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Stubberts_Point">Stubberts Point Battery</a>, we spotted the fire control tower of this location and worked through some of the streets to find the way close. It didn't take us long to find a place to park, and walk out to have a look around.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The stairs inside the fire control tower had been destroyed, so access to the upper levels was impossible. Graffiti was everywhere, yet did nothing to really detract from the feel of the place, and its commanding view of the busy waters it once guarded.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As we continued our exploration, we found a set of stairs leading underground. As we descended with our lights, we saw that it went deep; deeper than we had encountered at any previous such bunker. While warm outside, we felt the temperature drop dramatically as we passed a specific depth on the second stairwell downward. A significant amount of water barred further exploration, but it appeared not to go much further than we were able to see.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Having returned to the surface and the diminishing daylight of the setting sun, we examined the gun batteries and various shelters scattered around the site. Knowing there was still one more place we wanted to reach before nightfall, we moved along.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=220&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="dNQffl45fLQoBR774C3ND6ct9sSUTbD13DgS2qdCnuE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 220 at http://urbexobsession.com