A Carronade at the entrance to Fort Siloso
An 1800s Battery Serjeant Major with a Union Flag behind him looks over three guns and two wartime British Soldiers. Above him fly Japanese aircraft

Fort Siloso
1878-1956

Fort Siloso was a coast artillery battery, one of twelve coast artillery batteries which made up ‘Fortress Singapore’ at the start of World War Two. Although there are visible remains of some other batteries to be found on Singapore, Fort Siloso is the sole restored battery.

The word ‘Fort’ is something of a misnomer when applied to Siloso, and to all but one coast artillery forts in Singapore. Only Fort Tanjong Katong was built as a stand-alone self-defence gun battery.

Fort Siloso is located on western tip of the island of Sentosa (formerly called Blakang Mati - the Island behind the Dead) which is just south of Singapore Island, with the water between forming Keppel Harbour. Fort Siloso is one of four coast artillery batteries which were constructed on Blakang Mati by the British. The word ‘Siloso’ means ‘Jealous Person’, and is from the Philippines.

The Fort Today

Unfortunately, the owners of Fort Siloso have installed assorted laser games in the Fort, including some of the underground areas. This can have a serious effect on the visit of any person who is interested in the Fort form the historical perspective. More work is being carried out which may well have a detrimental effect on the Fort.


Of necessity this site contains many photographs. Please be patient as they download. Images with a white border can be clicked on to show a large version, many of which display extra information. Most of the photographs in this website have been taken over a period of years from 1993 to 2010, and this shows in the different colour schemes applied to buildings as seen throughout the site. Other photos I have acquired over the years or have come from archival sources. Video clips require the Apple Quicktime Plug-in. Download Quicktime.

There are links throughout the website which lead to Google Earth images, or to Microsoft Bing Maps aerial views. Broadband is required to view these. If you do not have Google Earth, it can be free download free of charge at Google Earth Download..

Fort Siloso on Bing MapsFort Siloso on Google Earth

Note

This website is a personal one, and is not in any way, connected with the Sentosa Leisure Group, who own the Fort. The Leisure Group have no editorial control, but approve of the website. Their assistance with information and photographs is much appreciated. Please observe copyright. If you wish to use any of the material in this website, please e-mail me with your request.

If you can provide any additional information about Fort Siloso, or indeed any fortifications which were on Singapore and its islands, please e-mail me. Similarly, if you can help to eliminate any errors in the website, please contact me.

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