Historic first as unique WWII sea fort bunker goes on sale
A decommissioned World War II fort in the middle of the ocean is being auctioned off for the first time in an historic sale.
Starting at £50,000 (A$87k), the abandoned concrete vessel was initially built between 1915 and 1919 for naval defence during World War I, but was not operational until WWII.
The property, which is located in the Humber Estuary of Northern England, is defined by the United Kingdom as a “grade II” building or structure that is “of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it”, making it a historic listing.
The unique marine dwelling under the hammer on July 19th through Savills National Auctions.
The ship once featured 30cm of armour on one side and an arsenal of weapons on the other, which was enough to support a garrison of up to 200 soldiers, according to the listing.
The armour and weaponry were stripped from the site back in 1956.
The sea fort is made up of three floors with a basement and a chamber below sea level, and also features a central two-storey observation tower.
“In need of refurbishment throughout with potential for development /alternative uses, subject to consent.” the listing explains.
The sea fort itself can only be accessed ‘by private boat’ from a port just south of Hull, located approximately five hours from London.
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