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The Maunsell Sea Forts: Photography

The Maunsell Forts were small fortified towers built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War. They were named after their designer, Guy Maunsell. The Thames forts shot down 22 planes, 30 flying bombs and were instrumental in the loss of one U-boat which was scuttled after coming under fire from Tongue Sands tower.

A couple of weeks ago I spent three hours on a converted tug boat visiting the Maunsell Forts at Red Sands in the Thames Estuary. The anti-aircraft guns are long gone, and the forts are in a state of slow decline without the funding to restore them and too expensive to demolish. The MOD have little interest in preserving them; the forts are maintained by volunteers and by donations from the public. I shot a few rolls of B&W medium format film (Ilford and Kodak) on my Mamiya 645, and a roll of AFGA E6 35mm which I shot through a LCA and cross processed. A selection of shots are below.

More information on these amazing structures, and how you can help preserve them, can be found here: www.project-redsand.com.

The full set of photographs I took can be found on my Flickr feed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/owen23/.

Maunsell Sea Forts

Maunsell Sea Forts

Maunsell Sea Forts

Maunsell Sea Forts

Maunsell Sea Forts

Maunsell Sea Forts

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