In musky smelling pitch black underground rooms, deep under the decommisioned Vickers guns at the Bateria de Cenizas are parts of the Auxiliary Engine – Petter 25HP. The system included four of the largest artillery pieces ever made – huge 38.1 Vickers guns with a range of some 20 miles. These guns remain in place, two at the Castillitos battery, at Cabo Tiñoso, near Puerto de Mazarron, and two here at the Cenizas battery, near La Manga Club. These engines were situated in motor houses under the 381/45 gun. They were used for starting the dynamo which generated 24 volts DC for lighting in the guns and magazines, for a compressor which supplied accumulators for starting, refilling the recoil mechanism of the gun and to power refrigeration equipment.
I have to say it is incredibly hard taking photos in the pitch black! Trying to shine a torch in the general direction of the object, whilst trying to take a picture and not knowing if the camera is straight, or if indeed the object is in the shot! And it is damned spooky!!!!
Then down another long set of steps, well there had been steps there, until they had been destroyed, dug up, probably to stop the likes of me going down them, was more machinery, smaller and no idea what it is for!
You have to remember, that these baterias are not offcial tourist sites! This one is an hours uphill walk from the nearest road. There is no health and safety. The buildings are derelict, crumbling and falling down in places! There are holes in the ground and the underground rooms are damned scary in the pitch black even with a torch! The machinery is still there, with winch chains etc hanging about. You can even climb up rusting ladders under the guns turntables! ………………….But so much more fun!!!!