The Dover Southern Breakwater was constructed at the beginning of the 20th Century, and with the Eastern Arm and Admiralty Pier, it forms an enclosed harbour. It was built using large granite blocks and it extends nearly three quarters of a mile in length and is about twenty feet wide. At the far East and Western ends, a large number of rooms provided accomodation for the hundreds of troops who manned the guns, unfortunately they are currently in a very dilapidated state, with no signs of future restoration. There are also casemates, which served as magazines for the guns, which still have shell hoists in place at the extreme ends. There are searchlight emplacements , which can be seen on the Breakwater's south face, these however are no longer accessible.
The Breakwater is currently owned by Dover Harbour Board, and used by the Dover Sea Angling Association.
The outside of the Breakwater, showing one of the searchights
Looking East from the middle
Entrance to the fortified end
The original buildings
Inside one of the rooms
Looking back from the Western end