1899 Disappearing Gun, Fort Victoria, Devonport, New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member arby101ca
S 36° 49.593 E 174° 47.926
60H E 303685 N 5922107
Quick Description: In 1899 a 8" Armstrong Disappearing Gun was installed at Fort Victoria, at the 283 ft summit of Mount Victoria above the town of Devonport.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 5:08:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMG2CV
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member PTCrazy
Views: 7

Long Description:
Mount Victoria is an excellent site to protect Auckland harbour and the Devonport naval base from attack by enemy ships. New Zealand was concerned by the growing presence of the Russian fleet in the Pacific Ocean. Disappearing guns like this one were installed in a number of defensive positions around New Zealand. The one at Fort Victoria is the last remaining in its original position. It was quite a project to get the 13 ton barrel and 26 ton carriage to the top of the hill.

The gun normally rested in its protective bunker. It was raised to its firing position with compressed air and water. The recoil of the gun when fired would lower the gun and recompress the air ready to load and fire again. The gun was breech loaded with a 210 lb 8" shell and 50 lb of black powder. The shell discharged from the 20 ft long rifled barrel had an effective range of 5 miles. From this position it could protect the outer and inner harbour.

The gun was only fired once, a test firing than broke nearby windows in Devonport. All the disappearing guns were rendered obsolete and not converted to cordite in 1922. The gun was restored and put on display in 1975. It suffered from vandalism but was restored again in 2000. The area was dedicated as a park in 2005.
What type of artillery is this?: Armstrong Disappearing Gun, 8" breech loaded

Where is this artillery located?: Park

What military of the world used this device?: Many in the British Empire. There is one in Fort Rodd, Victoria, Canada

Date artillery was in use: 7/15/1899

Date artillery was placed on display: 1/1/1975

Artillery is no longer operational: yes

Still may work: no

Parking location to view this Waymark: Not Listed

Cost?: Not Listed

Are there any geocaches at this location?: Not listed

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