PRINCESS ROYAL FORTRESS
ALBANY, WA, DURING WW2

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Photo: Vic Jeffery

An 1893, Mk IV 6-inch BL with garrison carriages and sliding platform recoil
on revolving ring at the Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA.

 


Photo: Vic Jeffery

The same 1893, Mk IV 6-inch BL with garrison carriages and sliding platform
recoil on revolving ring at the Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA.

 


Photo: Vic Jeffery

The same 1893, Mk IV 6-inch BL with garrison carriages and sliding platform
recoil on revolving ring at the Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA.

The above 1893 gun is a Mk IV and was originally emplaced in the Plantagenet Battery which was just below the Princess Royal Battery.  It replaced a Mk VI, which developed a fault in the barrel and was condemned in 1909.  The Plantagenet Battery was abandoned at this time.


Photo: Vic Jeffery

MK VII 6-inch gun located at the Princess Royal Fortress,
Albany, WA. The gun faces King George Sound.

 


Photo: Vic Jeffery

The same MK VII 6-inch gun located at the Princess Royal Fortress,
Albany, WA. The gun faces King George Sound.

 


Photo: Vic Jeffery

The same MK VII 6-inch gun located at the Princess Royal Fortress,
Albany, WA. The gun faces King George Sound.

The Mk VII guns were emplaced in 1945, at which time the QFC guns were removed and scrapped.  The Mk VII guns had been at the 6-in Leighton Battery (1942-45) previous to that, they were at the Fort Arthur Head Battery (1906 - 1943). The above Mk VII gun featured without a shield is not the original barrel which was scrapped in the 1960's. Roger Martin, who managed the restoration of the fortress in the 1980's, acquired the barrel depicted from Bermuda in the West Indies.


Photo: Vic Jeffery

A World War II control bunker and range finding location
at the Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA.

 


Photo: Vic Jeffery Collection

A wartime view of a QFC 6 i gun at the Princess
Royal Fortress. Note the sand bags and the camouflage.

The above QFC 6 i gun is one of two emplaced at the fortress from 1938 to 1945.  It was originally from South Head - Sydney and was one of the four BL guns from the Colony of NSW which was sent to England in the late part of the 19th Century to be converted to QF.


Photo: Vic Jeffery Collection

One of the original MK VII 6-inch guns located at the Princess
Royal Fortress, Albany, WA, circa 1940s-50s.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Vic Jeffery and Bob Glyde for their assistance with this home page. 

 

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