Against the mountain side overlooking Simonís
Article and photos by AB Lawrence Rambau and
Bazil Spencer-Hicken of Phototune Photographic
Enquiries: 021 787 4697
Association of South Africa (CAOSA) has, in conjunction
with the South African Navy (SAN) arranged to fire the
9-inch wrought iron rifled muzzle loading gun of 12 tons
on certain public holidays. The gun is situated against
the mountain side above Simonís Town at the Middle North
16 June, as the youth all over South Africa celebrated
their day, in Simonís Town the sea was calm, the wind
was blowing slightly from the east; perfect weather to
fire the cannon. It was duly fired at approximately noon
by Warrant Officer (WO1) (Rtd) Martin Venter together
with WO1 Harry Croome (both members of the CAOSA).
At approximately 12:00 AM the gun was fired
North Battery, originally known as Upper North Battery,
is part of the Coastal Defence System of the Cape
Peninsula. Years ago there were two 6 inch QF guns
situated at Middle North Battery as well. These guns
were removed and sent to East London in May 1940.
According to WO1 Croome the return of said guns will
draw more interested members as well as tourists to the
at Middle North was established in 1892 and the date can
be clearly seen on a wall near the 9 inch gun. The
buildings in the area consists of a Guard House, others
were used for ammunition storage and accommodation.
There are also underground bunkers which served the same
The gun has
been beautifully restored and although some parts are
missing, it is completely operational for events such as
the one which Simonís Town residents and other
interested individuals attended on Youth Day.
firing, WO1 Croome, who spends a lot of his time
cleaning and clearing the area, gave some visitors a
tour of the underground bunkers. He concluded by
inviting them to the next firing which will take place
on 24 September 2012 (Heritage Day).
requires funds to continue their sterling work. Firing
cost of this cannon amounts to approximately R265 per kg
of gun powder. The time and materials for the continued
restoration and maintenance also amount to a
are a part of our rich history and need to be preserved
for the future.
The CAOSA website is as follows: http://www.caosa.org.za/index.html
WO1 Harry Croome may be contacted at (021) 787 4635 /
4686 for any further enquiries.