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By woolybill1
"Hello clouds, hello sky, hello North Sea, hello six-inch coastal defence gun (Mk XXIII) . . ."

A coastal-defence battery has been located at Tynemouth Castle and Priory for centuries. This particular gun, now lacking both breech block and recuperator mechanism, dates from the Second World War, replacing a similar Great War version. The battery became redundant in 1956.
I am sure that Mrs Trellis of North Wales will be delighted to learn all about this.

I am grateful to David for the unexpected GEA yesterday, to Alfie K, Leo, Ian, Somnath and Phil for User Awards and to everyone who voted and commented yesterday. Thanks to all ¬– and thanks for looking Smile

Tags: Sky Seascape Clouds Black and white Artillery

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bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
14 Aug 2020 7:54AM
a dramatic sky

have a good weekend

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2020 8:14AM
Very nice, love the sky, Bill.
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
14 Aug 2020 8:36AM
It expecting invaders this week then? 😁😁
Robert51 12 7 110 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2020 8:49AM
Great image that captures the angle of view these people had at the time. Keeping watch for hours on end is not easy.
14 Aug 2020 9:00AM
A great cloud formation in this excellent composition, Bill and so very well processed.

jacomes Plus
5 26 32 Portugal
14 Aug 2020 9:12AM
An old gun pointing rather futilely at an empty sea and the approaching storm. Kind of sums up the country today?
Fantastic sky, Bill, well processed and a great mono image.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 69 Norway
14 Aug 2020 9:16AM
The Mk XXIII...that's had more incarnations than the immortal Spitfire!
Sea defences are excellent until the enemy comes overland...
14 Aug 2020 9:42AM
If 'the Hun' had invaded by dinghy I'm confident that would've seen the blighters off in no uncertain terms.Wink
pauljt Plus
19 10 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2020 9:50AM
Lovely image, like the sky
14 Aug 2020 9:52AM
a well composed and beautifully worked image
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2020 11:13AM
Great mono BillSmileSmile

mac Plus
19 10 Scotland
14 Aug 2020 11:15AM
A great cloud formation and nicely composed image. Mind you a long sea voyage to invade at Tynemouth, unless the Vikings?
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2020 11:30AM
Excellent composition. That sky is extraordinary Bill !!
Isabel GrinGrin
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 733 England
14 Aug 2020 11:58AM

Quote:Sea defences are excellent until the enemy comes overland...

Isn't that what happened in the fare east if I recall correctly.
And I also recall a line from Dad's Army where Captain Mainwaring accuses the Germans of not playing by the rules by going around the French defence line.
All defences look good on paper behind a desk at the MoD.

No need for such guns to deter the enemy when there's the prospect of a Saturday night in Newcastle, I'm told...
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
14 Aug 2020 1:13PM
Love those billowing clouds. A fine capture Bill, the old gun adding extra foreground interest 😃👍
Trev 😀
kaybee Plus
16 7.5k 26 Scotland
14 Aug 2020 1:38PM
Whatever it hit, it went up with a bang.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
14 Aug 2020 2:43PM
Are you going to blow those clouds right out of the sky Bill? Good one.
14 Aug 2020 5:35PM
Great contrast and foreground in this panorama.

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