Friday, August 28, 2009

Big guns

Charlottenlundfortet, the Fort Charluttenlund, is another coastal battery around Copenhagen. This one should protect Renden, the channel running into Copenhagen Harbour, against enemy ships coming from the north using two of the biggest guns around at the time. It was built in 1888 - 89 as an open canon battery and converted to a real coastal battery in 1910.

The cannons were replaced with twelve 29 cm howitzers that could penetrate the decks of the battle ships instead of the better armored hulls. The fort was abandoned in 1932 and used as a park. In 1950 a camping site was established among the howitzers and in summertime it can still be a bit crowded between the caravans and tents.