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Defence Electric Light Directing Station

Poste de commande des projecteurs d'éclairage

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
1. Defence Electric Light Directing Station Marker
Inscription.

Defence Electric Lights on both sides of Esquimalt Harbour entrance were used to illuminate targets for the guns at night. Engine rooms generated power for the lights. Lights and engines were controlled from this Defence Electric Light Directing Station.

The Defence Electric Lights were installed in about 1902. Two lights were located on the foreshore at Fort Rodd Hill and two on the opposite side of the harbour entrance. Three of the four lights illuminated a large area of the sea immediately outside the harbour mouth. The other light had a concentrated beam to sweep the sea beyond the illuminated area and give early warning of any approaching vessel. During the Second World War, modern searchlights replaced the original Defence Electric Lights.

Les projecteurs d'éclairage de chaque côté de l'entrée du port d'Esquimalt servaient, la nuit, à illuminer la cible des canons. L'électricité nécessaire était produit dans les salles des machines. C'est de ce poste que l'on commandait les projecteurs et les machines.

Les projecteurs furent installés vers 1902. Il y en avait deux sur le rivage au fort Rodd Hill et deux autres en face de l'entrée du port. Trois des quatre projecteurs éclairaient une grande partie de la mer à l'extérieur de l'entrée du port, et le quatrième donnait un faisceau concentré qui balayait

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
2. Defence Electric Light Directing Station and Marker
la mer au-delà du secteur éclaire et qui avertissait de l'approche de tour navire. Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les projecteurs modernes remplacèrent les premiers projecteurs d'éclairage.

[Photo caption reads]
Defence Electric Light, about 1912
Projecteurs d'éclairage vers 1912

1902-1941 [map key reads, from left]
No. 1 light concentrated beam — range 5000 yards
Projecteur no 1 faisceau concentré — portée de 5 000 verges

No. 2 light dispersed beam — range 2000 yards
Projecteur no 2 faisceau dispersé — portée de 2 000 verges

No. 3 light — dispersed beam — range 2000 yards
Projecteur no 3 — faisceau dispersé — portée de 2 000 verges

No. 4 light — dispersed beam — range 2000 yards
Projecteur no 4 — faisceau dispersé — portée de 2 000 verges
 
Erected by Parks Canada.
 
Location. 48° 25.946′ N, 123° 27.276′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Touch for map. Marker and building are on the grounds of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada. Marker is at or near this postal address: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Victoria, British Columbia V9C 2W8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8

Map on Defence Electric Light Directing Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
3. Map on Defence Electric Light Directing Station Marker
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gun Emplacement / Emplacement du canon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Victoria and Esquimalt Coast Defences (within shouting distance of this marker); Defensible Wall / Mur défensif (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guardhouse / Corps de garde (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper Battery / Batterie supérieure (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site (about 90 meters away); Upper, Lower, Belmont Batteries (about 120 meters away); Coast Defence Artillery Positions: 1878-1956 (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada. (Submitted on November 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Rodd Hill Info. (Submitted on November 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Defending the Coast. (Submitted on November 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. A City Goes to War: Coastal Defence. (Submitted on November 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMan-Made FeaturesWar, World IWar, World II
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
4. Defence Electric Light Directing Station
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
5. View from Defence Electric Light Directing Station
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
6. View from Defence Electric Light Directing Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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