The last time these guns were fired in anger was when they won the day at noon on the 15th Sept 1795 when they repelled an intrusion of the 16 gun ship sloop H.M.S. ECHO. The following day the Cape fell to the British for the first time. The site was one of many coastal batteries around the Peninsula which steadily grew in importance and which finally constituted the most highly defended strategic location in the southern hemisphere. West Fort is one of few site that have survived, but for how long will it continue to do so? The guns you see here have since been restored by the Hout Bay Heritage Assn having been expertly preserved by their supporters who have come to the party and who realise the importance of our heritage, how it can draw tourists to our community and understand the benefits to the local economy.
What was the problem?
A nation that turns its back on its history, the lessons and experiences of the past, good or bad, undermines the foundations of its future.