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The Battery

By kaybee  
The island has had defences on it since the early 1500's but was probably used in a defensive roll centuries before when it is mentioned in records during Danish attacks.
The 'current' battery was built in 1901 and saw service in both world wars.
During the 1st World War my grandfather was garrisoned here as a gunner for a period. One night he missed the troop train bringing the boys back from a period of R&R and he had to walk along the Forth Bridge in the pitch black, find the ladder and climb down to the island in order to be there for morning roll call to prevent being marked as AWOL.

Tags: General Bridge Transport Landscape and travel Military history

Voters: AlfieK, MadVillPics, bobpaige1 and 12 more

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RLF Plus
9 18 4 United Kingdom
23 May 2019 7:48AM
It's silhouette does resemble an old battleship
Super shot. Love those heads on the bridgeSmile

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kaybee 15 6.8k 26 Scotland
23 May 2019 9:58AM
Rob - the 'heads' are the warning lights for the trains . any walking that is done is done on the gantry under the track bed.
Minty805 Plus
3 31 5 United Kingdom
23 May 2019 10:33AM
Good shot, contrasting the bridge against the old fortifications. An interesting story, too. Goodness knows what 'elf & safety would make of that nowadays.
kaybee 15 6.8k 26 Scotland
24 May 2019 7:24AM
Thanks everyone

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