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Three more pictures from my trip to Drake's Island.

Here, a breech loading gun that was placed here at about the turn of the 19th century.
Too large to dismantle easily from the site, plus, it is a part of the history of the island.

"A major update of the defences occurred in 1860 with the building of the Palmerston casemates for Drake's Battery. These housed technologically advanced guns with the power to sink the new Ironclad Battleships.
Further advances in technology to breech loading guns led to more defence.

The Palmerston defences were soon obsolete and a new line of gun emplacements to take the newly developed breech-loading guns were built between 1898 and 1901.

The breech-loading guns defended Devonport during World War I and the early part of World War II. In 1943 two new gun emplacements were built to upgrade the defences."
(History of Drake's Island.)
As far as I know, and stand to be corrected, the guns have never been used, as enemies have never come beyond the Breakwater to threaten Plymouth from the sea.

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