The cannon of Hout Bay
During the British's first attempt to occupy the Cape in 1795, one of Admiral Elphinstone's ships, the HMS Echo, sailed into Hout Bay to draw fire from the Dutch defense systems. The purpose of this exercise was to determine where the Dutch cannon were deployed, what their firing power was, and what range they had. However, the Dutch capitulated the next day.
The East Fort, of which some ruins may still be seen on Chapman's Peak Road, were later built by the British.
The cannon that used to be at West Fort (across the bay on the adjacent photo) were reportedly removed to a workshop where they are would be restored. However, the site has been without cannon for more than a year since their absence was noticed in 2011.
SOUTH AFRICAN CANNON ASSOCIATION
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that West Fort once was armed with 20 cannon - in the period before the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope?
GOOGLE MAP to the sites of East Fort and West Fort.