Searchlight Emplacement / Emplacement de projecteur
During the Second World War, a total of 17 modern searchlights replaced the four original defence electric lights. The 60-inch searchlight mounted in this emplacement was one of two installed at Fort Rodd Hill in 1940. Two similar searchlights were positioned on the opposite shore. Together, all four lit up the harbor mouth with wide, dispersed beams of light, allowing quick-firing guns to sight on torpedo boats.
All the searchlights were mounted in emplacements similar to this one. All had some camouflage to prevent identification from sea or air. This one was disguised as a boathouse.
Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, 17 projecteurs modernes remplacèrent les quatre premiers projecteurs d’éclairage. Le projecteur de 60 pouces monté sur cet emplacement fut l’un des deux qui ont été installés au fort Rodd Hill en 1940. Deux projecteurs semblables furent installés sur l’autre rive. Ces quatre projecteurs éclairaient tous l’entrée du port de leur large faisceau dispersé, permettant ainsi de viser les torpilleurs à l’aide des canons à tir rapide.
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Searchlight No. 6 at Fort Rodd Hill about 1943
Projecteur no 6 du fort Rodd Hill, vers 1943
Searchlight No. 6 about 1942
Projecteur no 6, vers 1942
Erected by Parks Canada.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
Location. 48° 25.882′ N, 123° 27.068′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital. Marker and building are on the grounds of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Victoria BC V9C 2W8, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harbour Mouth Defences / Défense de l'entrée du port (within shouting distance of this marker); Team Work / Travail d'equipe (within shouting distance of this marker); Canteen / Cantine (within shouting distance of this marker); Underground Magazine / Magasin souterrain (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line);
Also see . . .
1. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada. Parks Canada website entry (Submitted on October 21, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Defending the Coast. CFB Esquimalt Naval Miitary Museum website entry (Submitted on October 21, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.