- --- In WarOf1812@y..., "Bateman, Andrew" <abateman@g...> wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----According to a book on US seacost fortifications, there were several
> > From: dancingbobd@w... [mailto:dancingbobd@w...]
Martello towers involved in the seaward defenses of New York harbor at
the time of the War of 1812. At least one, if I remember correctly, was
on the New Jersey side, about where Stevens Institute of Technology is
today. I know a couple of grads who refere to "the old tower" that is
on campus, on a bluff overlooking the lower approaches to the harbor.
Would that be it, possibly??
> > Hi Max,
> > For all us USA folks, what type of tower are you folks discussing. A
> > shot tower perhaps?
> A Martello tower is a type of self-contained seacoast fortification
> consisting of a round tower with a single large cannon on the roof on a 360
> degree pivoting mount. Usually there are two floors below that: the ground
> floor is the magazine and storage area and the second floor is the living
> quarters. During the 1812 period, the south coast of England was protected
> by a long line of these towers, all within sight of each other. I don't
> have the web address right now, but I once ran across an English website
> about Martello towers that had drawings and photo tours of several existing
> ones. If you do a web search it might still be out there.
> Andrew Bateman, 41st Reg't
- There are 4 martello towers in the Kingston area - the Cedar Island
tower - the Ft Frederick tower (Royal Naval Dockyard previously
mentioned) - the Shoal Tower in the waters of Kingston Harbour -
and the Murney tower in the southern approaches. Please note that
the ditch towers at Ft Henry are not martellos.
There are also a number of martellos in Canada to the east of
Kingston. Refer to "Canadian Historic Sites - A History of Martello
Towers in the Defence of British North America, 1796 - 1871". Ivan
J. Saunders Canadian Historic Sites #15.
--- In WarOf1812@y..., "Maxine Trottier" <maxitrot@e...> wrote:
> We were just talking about martello towers here at home. I found on
> in New Brunswick. Anyone know of any other in Canada?
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