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ft rodd hill. victoria, bc.
 sunday 07 aug 2. we are up early and hit a national historic site called
fort rodd hill - a coast artillery fort built in the late 1890s to defend victoria and the esquimalt naval base. The fort includes three gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses, barracks and searchlight emplacements. although built in 1898-1900, belmont battery has been restored to its appearance during ww 2...the big one. belmont now has examples of both the original 1900 weaponry and the  "duplex", or twin, gun system installed in 1944....this example may be the very last one in existence, as the majority of the british-built guns were scrapped in in 1950's and 60's.

fisgard lighthouse historical site - the first lighthouse on canada's west coast... is still in operation. built by the british in 1860, when vancouver island was not yet part of canada, it was once a beacon for the british royal navy's pacific squadron. today fisgard still marks home base for the royal canadian navy. not! we are all part of the mighty cf

 it is still very hot. we drink more beer. 

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james enroute to the strait of juan de fuca


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