Wow! It's like Stiltsville gone EVIL!
the story behind those forts is really interesting. they used to be interconnected by catwalks, but sea and steel don't get along well over time. the pictures are great, too.
I recall reading somewhere that those sea forts were one of the inspirations for the architecture of Myst, or of one of the later Myst games. I can see it, in any case.
Strikes me more like Half-Life 2 meets Waterworld.
Very City of Lost Children!
More photos linked from the bottom of the wikipedia entry.
These would have made great Viking repellents.
Isn't one of those <lj user="octal">'s country?
Correction, Sealand is boring-looking in comparison.
The question is, why aren't they condos yet?
They'd make a decent night club.
And then the yuppies move in and complain about the noise.
If the architect is still around, I think we have our man for rebuilding the Lower 9th Ward.
Those images are amazing and captivating. Thanks for prompting me to waste an hour chasing after them!
In my searching, I found that the army forts were occupied in the 60s by various (and often feuding) pirate radio stations. How cool is that?
Their armour's too strong for our blasters!
And I thought I was the only one who thought they looked like that.
Spooky (the early/mid 90s progressive house band, not DJ Spooky or anyone else using, er, that word in their band name) had Grant Gee do a bunch of videos for their Found Sound album, one of which was a boat sailing around the Maunsell forts. I've never been able to find the blasted thing online, but I saw it once at a music video compilation film evening event do, and it was pretty cool.
Something else that might tickle jwz (and his readers) is the fact there's a boat full of explosives in the Thames, a few tens of miles from London (and somewhat near the Maunsell forts), that may explode at any time. Nobody's ever figured out what to do with it, so it's just there, waiting to take a chunk of nothern Kent with it when it goes.