>I took my country cousins down to the docks to try and find the resident seal. They had never seen a wild seal before. We brought him hot dogs.
Although there was no seal, we had so much fun looking for him and the seagulls enjoyed the hot dogs.
What else was in this park? The country cousins asked, can we find some rock crabs?
Well, I said, it’s too sandy for rock crabs, and there’s only some old boring guns up there.
We walked over to them. The sun was about to set, and it was about the coolest and creepiest thing ever.
What was all this stuff for? They ask. I imagined it was for World War 2, although the stuff looked pretty old. I do know they were never used in war.
I snapped this picture just as these two got the fright of their lives when the iron gate thumped!
We looked in that little tower. Maybe it was for prisoners, we thought.
But the creepiest is yet to come – the tunnel.
We are so brave. Its dark in there.
I snap the picture. Can we run now? I ask, eager to get out of the creepy tunnel.
It turns out the Work Point Barracks in Esquimalt were built in the 1878, against a potential Russian attack in the Russo-Turkish war.
Here’s what I dug up about the guns on Esquimalt’s town website:
The guns were fired for the first time on
July29, 1878 to mark the opening of the
3rd Provincial Assembly. A13-gun salute
was fired by the Victoria Battery of the
Garrison Artillery, antecedent of the
present 5th (BC) Field Battery, Victoria,
…In1887, the old earthworks at Macaulay
Point were dismantled and new six inch
disappearing guns were installed. Under
each huge cannon, which could pivot 360
degrees, was a pressure cylinder. The men
would pump the cylinder and the cannon
would rise from its circular base to peek
over the hill. When fired, the 100 pound
shell ripped down the 22-foot-long barrel
and the force would recoil the gun back
down into the pit. In its time, the
equipment was considered quite