13-inch mortar, Fort Nelson                
1st Orkney Volunteer Artillery - 1902                
6-inch BL at Fort Westmoreland, Cork Ireland                
7-inch RBL, Fort Nelson                
Fort Bovisand, Plymouth                
Fort Horsted, Chatham                
Antrim Militia Artillery carrying out gun drill at Carrick Fergus Castle                
Building of the Verne Citadel, Portland - Illustrated Times 1862                
Magazine sign, Synewood Battery, IoW                
Sligo Militia at Verne Quarry HA Battery, Portland August 1900                

Meetings / Events

27/02/2019 - Commander 'Buster' Crabb - What Really Happened?
A fascinating talk by Dr. John Bevan of the Historical Diving Society who will provide an expert analysis of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Commander Crabb during a spying mission on a Russian warship in Portsmouth Harbour in April 1956.
27/03/2019 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part IV
PFS member James Doherty concludes the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.        
24/04/2019 - A Short Biography of the English Channel

Details to follow. Speaker: Iain Kennedy



The 2018 issue of The Redan is now available, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 13th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 15th October.

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The development of Fort Gilkicker to create 26 exclusive beach-side homes has come to a halt, yet again. According to the Portsmouth News Fort Gilkicker is back on the market after the investors pull out. Developer Andrew Temperton said "...the investors from Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don't want the hassle anymore, so are moving on to other projects. Personally I am very disappointed... My main frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I'm not able to see the project through to the end."

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Society Activities

A sample selection of photographs from PFS events, meetings and visits - click on any picture to start slide show.
Society visit Summer 2012, 6-inch BL emplacements on No.2 Battery Members visit to No.2 Battery, Stokes Bay Diving Museum - Summer 2012 PAV working on the 8-inch shell gun at Pendennis CastlePFS visit to West Moncrieff position, Hilsea LinesMembers' Evening at Fort Nelson Fort Rowner visit - Summer 2011 Visit to Coalhouse Fort, East TilburyThe PAV relax around the 32 pdr SBBLThe PAV 'running back' the 7 inch RBL ArmstrongPAV 'running back' the 64pdr RML on the blocked-up carriagePFS work party looking smug at the end of the dayPFS visit to foreign partsPAV 'ready' to fire the 64pdr RML to celebrate 25 years of the PFSPAV firing the 16pdr RML field gunPFS visit to Fort WidleyPAV in 'blues & helmets'PFS work party laying hogging at Fort Nelson - fine adjustments!PFS work party laying gravel hogging on the West terreplein Fort NelsonPAV around the 13 inch mortar dressed for a US civil war event at Fort NelsonPAV 'detatchment rear' alongside the 16pdr RMLPAV firing the 16pdr RML field gun at Fort NelsonPAV in the replica barrack room at Fort NelsonPFS work party working on the garrison carriage for the 64 pdr RMLPAV firing the 32pdr SBBL, note the muzzle flash and friction tube tracePFS work party laying the gravel hogging on the West terreplein at Fort NelsonPFS work party loading hogging for use on the west terreplein at Fort NelsonPFS work party painting the 64 pdr RML of 58cwtPFS work party check that the newly built gun platform can take the weightPAV firing the 13 inch land service mortar during an American Civil War eventPAV waiting for their tea in the Fort Nelson replica barrack roomFort Nelson officers mess kitchen, with two kitchen maidsLoading of the 32 pdr SBBL with the powder cartridgeDetail of the reproduction breech for the 32 pdr SBBLFiring of the 32 pdr SBBL within the North caponier of Fort NelsonThe business end of a 32 pdr SBBL, Fort Nelson North CaponierPAV firing the 64 pdr RML on Garrison Carriage at Fort NelsonPAV 'running up' the 64 pdr RML on Garrison Carriage at Fort NelsonPAV reloading 32 pdr SBBL at Fort Nelson