Former defense systems at Klein Piscadera

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With permission from mr Attaf, member of the family that owns the Klein Piscadera plantation, we went to that area to look for the search light that was placed close to the entrance of the Piscadera Bay. Allan van der Ree was our guide. We gathered close to the entrance of the plantation of Klein Piscadera and from there we went by car to the foot of the Jack Evertsz mountain. When we couldn't go any further we parked the cars and continued by foot in the direction of the peninsula next to the entrance of the bay.

At the peninsula we went up to the small ridge from where we had a good view at the bay and the seaside. After passing a long abandoned bus we reached the site where the search light was positioned. Only a concrete floor and wooden planking was left. We found some other artifacts from the WW-II period. The most important was a small part of one of the carbon rods that was used in the search light. That find confirmed that we were at the right site. The search light was used for detecting air planes that could have been used to bomb the refinery. In reality this never happened, but better being prepared than being sorry.

Base end station Jack Evertsberg smallAfter a rest we continued to the location of two other systems that were used as part of the defense of Curaçao. To reach these we had to climb the Jack Evertsz mountain. Reasonably easy because there is a stone staircase to the first defense system although regularly vegetation was forcing us to leave the stone steps. After a good climb we reached the remnants of the former Base End Station (see picture; picture received from Gerard van Buurt from the album of his uncle Edgar Joubert). A Base End Station was used to determine the exact position of an enemy vessel by means of triangulation. Several base end stations were built in WW-II for this purpose and through telephone lines they communicated their determined angle to the target to a central post where based on the findings of at least two of these stations the coordinates for firing a canon were calculated.
Not much is left from this station. The concrete floor and the pillar on which the optical instrument was placed are still in good shape. The building itself is completely gone; only rusty metal parts of the building are still present.

From this WW-II defense system we went further uphill via a small asphalt path to the remnants of the relay system from the end of the 18th century. There a massive concrete foot of the sign pole is present in remarkable good condition. The wooden sign pole is lying next to it. This sign pole was used to communicate through signals visible from other mountain tops were similar relay systems were built.
The stone building for the guards is a bit higher at the top op the Jack Evertsz mountain. Some of the walls are left and also a small cistern constructed from yellow bricks (IJsselstone), red roof tiles and plaster is still there.

That concluded our search but there was one challenge left. How to get safely back to the cars. This side of the mountain is rather steep and looking down over the ridge next to the guardhouse wasn't very encouraging. Only Eddy dared to descent there. The others went to the second top of this mountain where the descent was a little less steep. All made it down safely. After a final rest next to the cars we went for a drink at a bar to celebrate the birthday of Hetty.