Kowloon Dock Battery [c.1880-c.1905]
Year Completed is: Approximate
Condition at last visit: Demolished
Date of Last Visit: 1998
Ref: ROB - 00125
- The date of construction of this battery is unknown, but believed to be around 1880.
- 1886: First reference found: 1 x 9" RML gun, 2 x 7" RML guns, 2 x 8" Howitzers. (CAB 11/57).
- 1886: Proposed armament: 2 x 9" RML guns. (CAB 11/57).
- 1894: 3 x 9" RML guns. (CAB 11/57).
- 1897: 3 x 9" RML guns. (CAB 11/57).
- 1900: 3 x 9" RML guns. (CAB 11.57).
- 1901: 3 x 9" RML guns. (CAB 11/57).
- 1903: 3 x 9" RML guns. (CAB 11.57).
- 1904: 3 x 9" RML guns mounted, no longer approved. (CAB 11/57).
- 1905: 1 x 9" RML gun still mounted. Land transferred to Colonial Government in 1905. (WO 78/6009).
For a background to these notes, and a glossary of terms used, please go to: http://gwulo.com/node/24630
Previous notes from David:
In "The Guns & Gunners of Hong Kong", Rollo says that this battery "was built between 1878 and 1880", but that the last guns were removed by August 1905. That's the date I've used for the demolition of the battery, though it's likely the site remained for some years, as they were built to last.
Though the battery is all gone, there is something left to remind us of it. Rollo again: "[...] there is, in Whampoa Garden, a 9 inch RML which was found during the excavations for the foundations of Lily mansions. Since the Battery was very close to this site it is probable that the gun came from the Battery. If this is the case it is very likely that the other two guns are still buried nearby."
Craig, get the metal detector ready!!
The location on the map above should be roughly right. It's based on plate 4-3 from Mapping Hong Kong, a 1902-3 map of Kowloon which shows the battery.