Outings: Grimskär.

Yesterday we joined our friends S & O on a guided tour of the little islet of Grimskär just outside of Kalmar. It's been used for various purposes over the years; originally it was an execution sites where the victims' heads were put on display to scare off invaders, later it was the site of a lighthouse and most recently, until the late 1980s, it was a secret naval mine station. Eight remotely controlled mines were placed in the surrounding waters, ready to be used to defend the harbour of Kalmar against enemy attack. The guide was the man who'd worked there in the decades before the mine station was shut down so we got a first-hand account of what it was like to live and work there, which was really fascinating as you can imagine. Below are some photos I took. (There are none from the insides of the station because there was very little light down there.)

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