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WWII Oil Tunnels…

by on Aug.07, 2015, under Life, Photography

In the morning we visited the WWII Oil Tunnels which were built to protect the tanks after the bombing of Darwin during World War II.

WWII Oil Tunnel

WWII Oil Tunnel

NIKON D750 + 15.0 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, 1/15 sec at f/4, ISO 125

Following the bombing of the fuel oil storage tanks at Stokes Hill on 19 February 1942 in the first Japanese air raid, engineers began looking at British government designs for oil storage tanks in underground tunnels secure from aerial bombardment.

The Oil Tank

The Oil Tank

NIKON D750 + 15.0 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, 1/15 sec at f/5, ISO 1250

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

The tunnels were, on average, designed to be about 15m underground. The longest tunnel, Tank 10, was nearly 200m long. Pipe headings connected the rear ends of the tunnels to an underground pumping station. The tanks were designed to hold distillate, diesel and furnace oil.

This is the view looking back along the longest tunnel.

NIKON D750 + 15.0 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, 1 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

I think my daughter most enjoyed controlling this robot made out of old plane ruins and a ship which had been bombed during the war.

NIKON D750 + 15.0 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, 1/15 sec at f/5.6, ISO 640

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