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    Ypres Creepers
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    Homeland Defence

    Post by Ypres Creepers on Wed May 19, 2010 4:18 am

    Hello, I live in Prince Rupert, Canada's only other mainland port city (other than Vancouver) and being so, and being geographically closest to Japan (Not too sure, but I've heard one day shorter sailing for shipping, with modern vessels compared to Van.) it was considered a prime target for japan's attacks, So several defenses were set up around my city from a torpedo armed submarine net, to several artillery batteries and many other things. The sad thing is that if you ask most people around here about the war in this city you will get blank looks, it seems that it is all but forgotten.

    But that's where I come in, I (along several others I'm sure) have made it my goal to visit all these places and find out the history before it is gone forever.

    I've done a lot of research online, and found a wikipedia page about one of the main fort, Fort Barret or as it's also refereed to as Barrett Point. This page gave me a name, and a loose list of other installments around the city and neighboring areas. but it was quite a while until I found what I believe to be the jackpot, An entire book written on the area, and better yet, the bulk of it was online, for free! Containing a map, Period photos and tonnes of information. {Link to the book}

    but I didn't stop at words and pictures, I wanted the real thing so I've trekked out and found some of these buildings burried deep in the thick forests.

    here are some photos of what I found

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    those are all photos of one of the buildings.

    one of the gun positions

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    Period photo of one of them


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    One of the staircases into the underground bunkers (have not ventured into them, because when I was on that trip I lacked the proper safety gear, but I will be going back in the coming weeks so stay tuned!)

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    Another entrance, As you can see the complex goes a ways down

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    There were many other buildings I did not get a chance to get decent photographs of (camera died) on that trip, including searchlights and much larger buildings


    Those are all at barrett point. I've also located the command post (This one is a little less off the beaten trail)

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    (Whole album of photos of the upper floor and basement can be seen here at my blog
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    I've also found some ww2 structures at the seaplane base, but I have no clue what they are/were

    Providing links instead of the actual pictures because of size
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    mk1rceme
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    Re: Homeland Defence

    Post by mk1rceme on Wed May 19, 2010 10:00 am

    That is too cool...I would love to snoop around there!


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    Re: Homeland Defence

    Post by mk1rceme on Thu May 20, 2010 8:27 pm

    I just had a little tour through your blog...you have a nice collection of stuff!


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    Re: Homeland Defence

    Post by Ypres Creepers on Thu May 20, 2010 10:18 pm

    Why thanks, it's a tad out dated, but my collection is small but certainly growing!

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    Re: Homeland Defence

    Post by mercedesx on Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:53 am

    Have you read Mac Savage's book on Prince Rupert during the Second World War?

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    Re: Homeland Defence

    Post by George G on Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:03 am

    Your pictures are not there

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