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Title:DISMANTLING OF NORE ARMY FORT, SHEERNESS, 1959 [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 2838
Other titles:COLLECTION OF SALVAGE FILMS AND PROJECTION PRINTS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Nore Army Fort, one of the Maunsell Sea Forts in the Thames Estuary near Sheerness, is demolished.
Description: Scenes on board salvage vessel: various items of equipment, including explosive charges, are prepared (this sequence is printed twice, and has shaky camerawork). The vessel comes alongside the sea fort, which had previously been damaged in a shipwreck (see notes); equipment is craned aboard. Views of the base of the towers, each with their four legs. Scrap metal is craned onto the salvage vessel. Views from on board one of the towers, which is badly damaged; only the supports remain of the neighbouring towers. A small vessel comes alongside. Floats are lifted on board one of the platforms. Long shot shows one of the towers being dynamited: salvage crew poses for camera. A diver (with brass helmet) goes into the water for an inspection. Salvage crews continue dismantling the towers; chunks of the structure are lowered onto the salvage ship. At the end of the reel, another of the towers is dynamited.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 700 ft (ca); Running time: 14 mins
Notes: Summary: the Maunsell Forts, named after their designer Guy Maunsell, were erected in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War as part of the coastal defences. Of the Thames forts, four were designated as navy forts, and were simple in structure. The others were "army forts", with seven separate towers, most containing anti-aircraft guns. Nore was one of these; in 1953, two of the towers were destroyed after a fatal collision with the Baalbek, a Norwegian vessel. The ruins of the five remaining towers were demolished in 1959, as seen here. Although abandoned, some of the forts (such as Redsands) still stand today.
Technical: some tramlines and sprocket damage, but "runnable".