This battery is a unique design. Its
outlook is different from other batteries in Hong Kong, round-shape
construction, with right angle shaped holes for sunlight and air above.
I took the photo of the battery
starting from 1999.Everytime I went there, the road was changed(
more undergrown). The 2 search light positions (both
the road and themselves) down the cliff are damaged heavily. Thus be careful.
Please be remind
that this battery together with its search light positions are a hot site for
illegal immigrates. If you find any suspect, please call the police.
No enlarged photo due to limited
In 1934, War office in London
setup a plan to restrengthHong Kong's
artillery. Three batteries with 6 inch guns would be constructed in this
plan. One was Collinson Battery (
the other 2 were Jubilee Battery and Chung Am Kok.
The construction of Collinson Battery was
delayed until 1936 ( the gun was mounted until June
P.S. In documents stated that there are 2 guns mounted here. But only 1 gun
mount can be seen. If anyone knows the truth, please E-mail me.
This is the round shape construction(
with holes in its bottom, interconnected with inside, I don't know the why
it is design like this. If anyone knows the truth, please E-mail me). Together with the holes
Part of the Battery that used for
may be used for placing the gun.
r another part of the Battery
Used to transport the weight.
There is a huge construction with gun mount, 2 rooms, together with
several bunkers, 2 search light positions next to the coast.
On 18th -19th
The Battery was operated by the 36th Coast Battery,
8th Coast Regiment Royal Artillery, which is part of Eastern Fire Command. As
the Japs landing on Hong Kong Island North and on
18th night and advancing towards Tai Tam (where it is the only road in
between Hong Kong East and West, if it is being captured, the Collinson Battery will be isolated).
On 19th morning, the Battery was ordered to be
destroyed. Together with the personnel from Bokhara
and Chung Am Kok Batteries, they evacuated to Stanley.
A search light position on the Southern side.
Close view of the position above.
Another search light position on the Northern side.
P.S. All above 3 photo were taken in 1999. From
2003, they can't be seen from the road above as heavily undergrown.
These photo were taken on 2/2003. Thx for the
route teaching from Rob Weir
The left side is the northern searchlight position,
while the right side is the southern searchlight.
Side view of the southern position.
Entry of the position. Notice that its side is
Inside of it. It have a good view to the
Top of the searchlight. NEVERstep on it.
Remains of iron fence stand.
Stairs were damaged as time passed.
The northern position. It collapsed more serious.
The front part of the position is collapsed.
How to get there: 1) From the Shau Kei Wan MTR station take a no.9 bus. get off at
the junction in Collinson Road and Shek O Road. Walk for
about 30 minutes along the Collusion Road.
2) Take a mini bus, no.18M, in Chai Wan MTR station. Ask the driver to let you get
off when reaching the destination.
Then you can see a small white house on your right hand side behind a sign
of Cape Collinson Correctional Institution. Just
next to the house, there is a small path upwards. Just following the path for
about 10 minutes you will see the battery.
The Path is just next to this white house. P.S The sign stated that this
area is belonged to correctional institute, but just ignore it, they wouldn't