Saturday, 19 January 2013

St Margarets Battery Deep Shelter - Z Rocket - January 2013

After a slightly late, problematic start, this morning I found myself in St Margarets walking through snow in the freezing cold to tackle the St Margarets Deep Shelter, also known as Z Rocket. Explored with Silver Rainbow, Will, and Starlight 2099. Big thanks to Silver Rainbow for sorting us out. Photos added from a second visit.

Some history from Underground Kent:
At St Margaret's Bay there is the underground deep shelter for St Margarets 5.5" Battery. This site was the first one to use the unrotated projectile known as the Z - Rocket which was a anti - aircraft (AA) weapon. It was officially known as a UP or unrotated projectile. It was not particularly accurate, but the thinking was that if fired in large enough amounts an enemy plane just might get hit.

Excuse the namby pamby lighting above, was trying something different. 

I have to say that the entrance was much nicer than at Fan Bay.

Once down I got set up, but had to borrow Silver Rainbow's tripod as I'd left mine at Sam's. Annoyingly the quick release plate was on his camera, and mine didn't quite fit the tripod. Only dropped the camera once...

After doing the complete tour I played around with some shots from this point, so that's why there are three similar photos. 

Silhouette didn't come out right unfortunately. 

Soon after we made our way out, and back into the freezing wind. It was noticeably warmer underground too. We saw the danger hole too, although it turns out it's rather insignificant. 

Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

  1. Dad and I are desperate to find this place, we have hunted around in the undergrowth for hours and couldn't find the entrance, any clues or hints? I know it's against the rules but we are stumped!