Battery Belmont

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Battery Belmont (1900-1956) - Battery Belmont was a reinforced concrete coastal gun battery on Fort Rodd Hill, British Columbia, Canada. The battery was built in 1899-1900 with two 12-pounder guns in separate emplacements. The battery was modified during World War II to mount twin 6-pounder guns i a single emplacement. Deactivated in 1956.

Battery Belmont Ammunition Storage
Battery Belmont 12-pounder
Battery Belmont Twin 6-pounder gun

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Victoria and Esquimalt Harbors.

Battery Belmont 1900 Plan from Park Display
Inside the 12-pounder

Battery Belmont was built in 1900 with two 12-pounder guns in separate emplacements. The battery provided protection for the ships in Esquimalt Harbor against fast enemy torpedo boats.

World War II (1941-1945)

Battery Belmont 1945 Plan from Park Display
Inside the Twin 6-pounder Gun

The two 12-pounder pedestal mounted guns were replaced during World War II with a single twin-barrel 6-pounder gun that was faster and more accurate. Additional changes to the battery included a new crew shelter, magazine and fire control tower.


Current Status

Part of Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site of Canada in British Columbia, Canada.


Location: Fort Rodd Hill, British Columbia, Canada

Maps & Images

Lat: 48.431069 Long: -123.451647

Sources:

  • Morgan, David, Forts of the Canadian West Coast - Victoria/Esquimalt Defenses, CDSG Journal, Volume 9, Issue 2, May 1995, page 16-24.

Links:

Visited: 22 Jun 2009

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