Near Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
Duke of York's Martello Tower
The Duke of York's Martello Tower was one of many small towers built for coastal defence throughout the British Empire. They were usually round, with stone walls too thick to be penetrated by cannon balls. This tower protected the seaward battery from attack by land.
The tower was built in 1798 by Prince Edward, fourth son of King George III, while he was the military commander at Halifax. It was named for Edward's brother, the Duke of York.
What happened to the upper floors? A fire in the 1890's weakened the upper floors and they were removed.
Why is the building boarded up? The concrete rifle galleries attached to the tower about 1870 are crumbling. They have been covered to preserve them.
Erected by Government of Canada.
Location. 44° 35.838′ N, 63° 33.199′ W. Marker is near Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker can be reached from York Redoubt Access Road 0.2 kilometers east of Ferguson's Cove Road. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of York Redoubt beside the Martello Tower in the northeast corner of the parking lot. The Tower abuts the Outer Gorge Wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 York Redoubt Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3V 1L7, Canada.
Other nearby markers. York Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); Passage to a New Beginning • Passage à un nouveau monde (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); Pier 21 / Le Quai 21 (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); Ships and Men of the Royal Canadian Navy (approx. 5 kilometers away); Charles Morris (approx. 5.1 kilometers away); The Tall Ships Parade 2000 (approx. 5.2 kilometers away); The Grand Dérangement (approx. 5.2 kilometers away); Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (approx. 5.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. The upper left part of the marker has a diagram "Martello Tower 1880" showing the tower with signal flags, and the fortification walls extending toward the Halifax Harbour entrance. The lower left is a photograph of the "Duke of York's Tower about 1880" (see detail). The upper right shows "An artist's impression of the tower in 1837." The lower right is a diagram "Anatomy of the Tower" which shows the features of each level.
Regarding Duke of York's Martello Tower. There is no access into this structure.
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.