Something Over Tea

The East Fort Battery was constructed in Hout Bay 1782 – 1783 by the French Pondicherry Regiment, who had taken control of the Cape in 1781 from the fourth Anglo-French War.

The site includes four ruined buildings and a battery of eight 18 pounder guns.

It is known that these guns were used on 15th September 1795 to foil the possible entry to Hout Bay of a squadron of British warships. HMS Echo, a 16-gun ship-sloop, actually entered the Bay and drew fire from both East and West Forts forcing it to withdraw. The ship then sailed on to Table Bay where, after talks at Wynberg, the Dutch surrendered and the British took control of the Cape Colony.

After this encounter, East Fort was not used again for military purposes. At the start of World War II an observation post was erected near the battery of guns to…

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