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History (revisited)

(April 1 – June 30, 2021)

John Wilson

Spencer Road Halt

Jim Watters

Carleton Martello Tower

Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

June 29 @8PM

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A Martello Tower is a small circular defensive fort of a few stories high. They were built in several countries during the 19th century.

Carleton Martello Tower is one of nine surviving Martello towers in Canada, and was built to defend Saint John during the War of 1812 against an American overland invasion. Construction started in 1813 but was not complete until 1815, after the war ended. It was 50 feet across and 30 feet tall. It went through many renovations and improvements over the years, including the addition of a two-story concrete structure on top of the tower in 1941 for World War II.

In 2015, it was determined the tower was in a state of critical failure. Contributing factors being a leaky roof and the freezing temperatures. For public safety, the tower was closed to visitors. The Government of Canada committed $13 million in 2016 to rehabilitate it. From Dec 2019 to early 2021 The first part of restoration is completed. The meticulous work of taking each stone down, cleaning, and later restoring to its precise location while replacing all the mortar. 

Visually, it is a huge difference. The stones show off their colors. They are aliened to the outside and the mortar is very even.

Carleton Martello Tower, my contribution for the Sept 2011, WWP History event. More panoramas of Inside and outside the Carleton Martello Tower.



Nikon D7000 camera, with Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye lens
6 around, 1 up, & 1 down
PTGui 11

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