Lye Mun West Battery, Lye Yue Mun [1887- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Lye Mun West Battery, Lye Yue Mun [1887- ]

Current condition: 
Ruin
Date Place completed: 
c.1887-03-01 (Day is approximate)

Year completed is: Accurate.
Condition at last visit: Ruin
Date of last visit: Nov-2014
Ref: ROB-00131
Other: Museum of Coastal Defence

Timeline:

  • 1886: Construction commenced in March, estimated cost £7,600. (Central and Western Btys were estimated for, and built, in one contract).  (WO 78/5357).
  • 1887: Construction completed in March, actual cost £7,252.  (WO 78/5357).
  • 1887: Initial Armament:2 x 9" RML 12 ton guns on Sliding Carriages.  (WO 78/5357).
  • 1889: 2 x 9" RML guns.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1890: QF gun Casemate commenced construction in September, estimated cost £285.  (WO 78/5357).
  • 1892: QF gun Casemate construction completed in March, actual cost £301.0.10  (WO 78/5357).
  • 1892: Initial Armament: 2 x 6 pdr QF Hotchkiss guns.  (WO 78/5357).

Note: This Casemate is sometimes referred to as Lye Mun Pass Bty, however this is a generic term used at that time to cover any Lye Mun Bty facing the Lye Mun Pass itself e.g. Lye Mun Pass - West Bty.  (CAB 11/58). In all Armament Lists, from 1894 to 1907 inclusive, these 2 x 6 pdr QF guns are listed as part of the armament of West Bty.

  • 1894: 2 x 9" RML guns, 2 x 6 pdr QF guns.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1897: 2 x 9" RML guns, 2 x 6 pdr QF guns.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1900: 2 x 9" RML guns, 2 x 6 pdr QF guns.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1901: 2 x 9" RML guns, 2 x 6 pdr QF guns.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1903: 2 x 9" RML guns, 2 x 6 pdr QF guns.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1904: 2 x 9" RML guns, 2 x 6 pdr QF guns mounted, only 6 pdr QF approved.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1905: 2 x 9" RML guns, 2 x 6 pdr QF guns mounted, only 6 pdr QF approved.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1906: 2 x 9" RML guns, 2 x 6 pdr QF guns mounted, only 6 pdr QF approved.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1907: 2 x 6 pdr QF mounted, to be reduced.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1908: Not listed.
  • 1914: Proposed revision for 2 x 4.7" QF guns.  (WO 78/5352).
  • 1917: 2 x 4.7" QF guns. (Listed as Lyemun Pass, West Bty).  (CAB 11/58).
  • 1921: 2 x 4.7" QF guns. (Listed as West Lyemun).  (CAB 11/58).
  • 1936: 2 x 4.7" QF guns.  (ADM 116/3490).
  • 1936: 2 x 4.7" QF guns at Lyemun will be unnecessary when Collinson Bty built.  (CAB 11/58).
  • 1941: 2 x 4.7" QF guns removed to Belchers Lower Bty.  (WO 106/2394).
  • 2000: Battery area became part of the Museum of Coastal Defence. The QF Casemate and one 9" RML gunpit, along with the magazine, renovated for display.

For a background to these notes, and a glossary of terms used, please see: http://gwulo.com/node/24630  

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