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Description: Haile Sand Fort
Date Listed: 1 March 1991
English Heritage Building ID: 195375
OS Grid Reference: TA3491206144
OS Grid Coordinates: 534912, 406144
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5346, 0.0341
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SK 30 NW HAILE SAND FORT
Off-shore Fort. 1915-18 with later alterations and additions.
Reinforced concrete and Brick, clad with riveted steel armour plating.
Timber and steel jetty. Circular on plan with hexagonal base and
balcony at sea level, plain railings to balcony and jetty. three
floors with added floor in brick to south-west, with basement and
magazine below sea level, and central two storey observation tower.
Rows of windows to lower and middle floors, each with pairs of tinged
steel shutters. The middle floor has a group of three projecting
turrets to the north-east, the central one concrete supported on a
cylindrical shaft with a row of shuttered windows beneath a flat roof,
the flanking turrets have conical bases and roofs and full width
shuttered openings. The roof of the Fort carries a central cylindrical
ventilation shaft; a rectangular flat-roofed armour-clad look-out
tower with shuttered windows, single projecting square observation
turret to north-east, a roof balcony, mast and radio ariels. To the
southwest an added brick storey with seven windows with glazing bars,
and a pair of steel chimneys, and to the northeast a pair of gun
emplacements. Haile Sand Fort, with its larger companion Fort on Bull
Sand (Humberside) 3.75 kilometres to the north-east, guarded the
approaches to the Humber with gun batteries and anti-submarine net of
steel mesh stretched between them across the mouth of the estuary (now
removed). Haile Sand Fort had full amenities for a garrison.
Armaments, besides the usual small and rapid-fire weapons, consisted
of two six inch guns. A reputed 40,000 tons of concrete and steel
went into their construction, at a cost of £1,500,000. Both forts
were constantly manned during both world wars, and were often under
attack from aircraft and submarine. The army left in 1956, but the
Forts were still manned until the early 1960's, when both were sold
to the Humber Conservancy Board. SOURCE. Cleethorpes Borough
Council, Report Activities Department, information sheet 05/3, Ships
and Vessels of the Humber 1985
Listing NGR: TA3491206144
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