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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 120 on 4/27/2008 9:45 PM >

and....




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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 121 on 4/28/2008 10:10 PM >

Where'd you get the map?


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 122 on 4/29/2008 2:58 AM >

Posted by nootz
Where'd you get the map?


I don't recall where I found that map..lol

I have a slightly bigger one though..






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post by scarp   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 123 on 5/4/2008 8:19 PM >

The room you found out at York Redoubt is the generator room for the search lights from WWI. The light emplacement is down along the shore past the WWII light emplacements towards Halifax. They put the cinder block wall and door in during the stabilization work that was done in the mid 90's. That whole area was previously fenced off and the archway had large wooden doors.


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 124 on 5/4/2008 8:58 PM >

Posted by scarp
The room you found out at York Redoubt is the generator room for the search lights from WWI. The light emplacement is down along the shore past the WWII light emplacements towards Halifax. They put the cinder block wall and door in during the stabilization work that was done in the mid 90's. That whole area was previously fenced off and the archway had large wooden doors.


Great info, thank you!!


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 125 on 5/5/2008 9:37 AM >

That's awesome, too bad there's nothing inside anymore.


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 126 on 5/6/2008 12:56 AM >

Posted by nootz
That's awesome, too bad there's nothing inside anymore.


I looked inside it with my big spotlight... There are still some large objects in there.


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 127 on 5/6/2008 2:02 AM >

Just concrete blocks, nothing that looks like generators. There's an air vent on top of the little hill too, by the fence.

BTW: Chandelle, where on Ogilvie were those photos taken from? Which part of the building I mean.

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post by Chandelle   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 128 on 5/7/2008 1:23 PM >

Posted by nootz
Just concrete blocks, nothing that looks like generators. There's an air vent on top of the little hill too, by the fence.

BTW: Chandelle, where on Ogilvie were those photos taken from? Which part of the building I mean.



Those are taken from the front door of the main structure (as soon as you walk through the gates). It's the building with the "KEEP OFF" sign posted.
The bottom of the door is rusting away, so I stuck my camera in as best as possible.

Clearly there's stairs, and a doorway that goes in the direction of the shoreline ... I'm new to this, so I don't have any speculations as to what my pictures show. Any ideas?


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 129 on 5/7/2008 2:40 PM >

I'll have to take a closer look at Ogilvie this weekend.




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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 130 on 5/8/2008 9:34 AM >

I was thinking about going over today, now that I've got my car back.

Posted by Chandelle
Clearly there's stairs, and a doorway that goes in the direction of the shoreline ... I'm new to this, so I don't have any speculations as to what my pictures show. Any ideas?


Sounds like that doorway may lead into a bunker or tunnel of some sort. I don't know the exact history of that fort, so it's hard to say what it might be for. As for Cambridge battery, I just found out that it was abandoned before the First World War had even started.

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post by Chandelle   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 131 on 5/8/2008 3:10 PM >

Well, the stairs in my photo look like they lead to the upper level of the structure, which would make sense ...

It's the doorway just beside the staircase that has me interested. I would venture to say that the structure extends underneath the hills around the building.


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 132 on 5/11/2008 1:32 AM >

Posted by Chandelle
It's the doorway just beside the staircase that has me interested. I would venture to say that the structure extends underneath the hills around the building.


Me and Plague went up there earlier this evening, and though we couldn't get our lights in there enough to see around, we did venture to the back of the building, and noticed that there's a wrap-around range spotter window (same kind as the BCP at York Redoubt). The doorway probably goes beneath the spotting room.


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 133 on 5/11/2008 5:23 AM >

I found this about Cambridge Battery on GE:

During the American Civil War there was much new activity in the park. Soldiers who often had to be self-reliant were aided by fort improvements and in august 5th, 1862 a new fort/battery was started. This was to have both above and below ground structures. Located midway between the Martello tower and the old Northwest Arm emplacements. It was completed in 1868 and fully manned with living accommodations. The large guns could defend the Harbour entrance and the Northwest Arm.
In 1872, F.C. underwent renovations. 18 Ton cannons replaced 12-ton guns and large numbers of military personnel were camped around the Fort. In 1888, concrete reinforcements with underground rooms, tunnels and an outdoor rifle range were all in place. Park visitors did not venture too close.
In 1905, troops began to return to England and withdraw from the park. However, during WWI, the battery continued to be manned and used. In 1936, a decisions was made to leave Cambridge Battery. Due to the condition of the buildings the Park Commission decided not to take over the area unless there was a clean up and dangerous features taken care of. Signs were posted and areas chained off. WWII saw some rise but after the war, the status of the Battery continued anew and debate increased. In 1951, it was decided to demolish some of the buildings of the battery as a demolition exercise. On November 18th, the park closed and explosions rang out. The area remained a mess for the next 8 or 9 years. Finally the park commission, frustrated by the lack of response from Ottawa, began the clean up. By the early 1960's, the 3 forts and batteries were taken over by Canadian Historic sites. Today the area is used for picnics, Shakespeare by the Sea performances and quiet recreation of park visitors, both 2 and 4 footed.


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 134 on 5/11/2008 2:13 PM >

Good info!

GE?


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post by N250cc   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 135 on 5/11/2008 3:35 PM >

Posted by tribeachpunk
Good info!

GE?


Google Earth?




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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 136 on 5/11/2008 4:28 PM >

Yeah, Google Earth.


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post by scarp   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 137 on 5/12/2008 3:30 AM >

The building that you are talking about at Fort Ogilvie was the battery command post. I believe that it dates from the early 1900's update to the fort. It consists of 6 rooms on 2 levels the largest being the observation gallery on the upper level. The extents of the structure are what you can see when standing on the roof. I have a few pics which I've included of the interior. Pic 1 is the top of the stairs. Pic 2 shows the mount for the range finder. Pic 3 is another shot of the observation gallery and Pic 4 is one of the rooms on the upper level.


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 138 on 5/12/2008 9:36 AM >

How'd you get these pics? When Plague and I were up there Saturday, the only opening we saw was the rusted out part of the front door, which was barely enough room to get a flashlight into, let alone a camera.


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post by Plague   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 139 on 5/12/2008 5:34 PM >

glad we didnt go in nootz, looks like a poop site, but im still down for the sledge hammer, as long as you dont pull a failboat and fall through a wall lol, in other news, i think another trip to YR is in order, what do you all say?

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