Mary Hill Battery

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Mary Hill Battery (1939-1956) - Mary Hill Battery was a Canadian reinforced concrete 6 inch coastal gun battery that was a part of present day CFB Esquimalt, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Deactivated in 1956.

Mary Hill Battery 6" Mk 24 Gun on Mk 6 Mount

World War II (1939-1945)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Victoria and Esquimalt Harbors. Also considered part of the World War II Joint United States and Canadian Harbor Defense of Juan de Fuca Strait.

The Mary Hill Battery was initially armed with two 6" MK7 breechloading (BL) guns on MK5 (15 degree) mounts in 1939. An additional MK7 gun was added in 1941. The battery was built to replaced the three obsolete 6‑inch disappearing guns at the Fort Rodd Hill Upper Battery and Lower Battery.

Replaced in 1943 by three 6" Mk24 guns on MK6 mounts (45 degree). A searchlight located on William Head was part of the defense.

Decommissioned in 1956.

Current Status

The site still exists on Mary's Hill training area as a part of CFB Esquimalt. No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Mary Hill, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Maps & Images

Lat: 48.3448659 Long: -123.5472947

See Also:

Sources:

  • Nicholson, G.W.L., Fixed Coast Artillery Defences on the Pacific Coast, 8 May 1944, AHQ Report, PDF, page 4-5
  • Morgan, David, Forts of the Canadian West Coast - Victoria/Esquimalt Defenses, CDSG Journal, Volume 9, Issue 2, May 1995, page 16-24.

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