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DEEP UNDERGROUND, Bateria de Cenizas, Costa Calida, Spain by Squealia

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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!!!!


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  • Clive
    Cliveover 5 years ago

    Another great selection of images Celia, looks like you would definately have to watch your step down there, and the ghosts….lol

  • Yes the ghosts!!! I got a really creepy feel about the back of my neck! I was there by myself as we took it turns down there as we had the dogs with us!

    – Squealia

  • Clive
    Cliveover 5 years ago

    Nothing like have the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, woooooooo, perhaps you should have taken the dogs in as well… xx

  • 8o(

    – Squealia

  • WJPhotography
    WJPhotographyover 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture

  • Thank you

    – Squealia

  • Patricia Montgomery
    Patricia Montg...over 5 years ago

    Such interesting equipment and narrative. The resulting images are great!

  • Thanking you Patricia, to be honest I needed a wide angle lens, the space in the rooms wasn’t big enough to step away from the engines to get good shots!

    – Squealia

  • davesphotographics
    davesphotograp...over 5 years ago

    great capture and nice work love these kind of photos and great find

  • It was creepy down there by myself!!!! hahaha! Thanks Dave!

    – Squealia

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 5 years ago

    what a wonderful treasure trove, all that machinery, rust and oily bist pure heaven. LOL Oh wow you had fun dark and crumbling buildings, fantastic images to the right to well done on getting anything at all. i think there is a group about tresspassing or deralict buildings .

  • Thank you karen, if you ever venture to Spain, Cartagena is a must! Plus a hire car and the Celia guide book!

    – Squealia

  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Briceover 5 years ago

    You’ve got some great images Celia, especially given the circumstances. Well done!!

  • Thank you jenny, I was well and truly spooked down there!

    – Squealia

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 5 years ago

    I will rememebr the offer of a guide book from you if i head that way sometime. : ) will do the same if you venture to Norfolk.

  • Thank you!

    – Squealia

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