“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Placentia in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula), Newfoundland and Labrador — The Canadian Atlantic

Fort Frederick

Fort Frederick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2014
1. Fort Frederick Marker
Inscription. A fort consisting of a semi-circular redoubt mounting twelve guns, a guard house, barracks and storehouse surrounded by a palisade was erected on this site in 1721 and was named after H.R.H. Prince Frederick, then Prince of Wales.

Although the military head quarters of Newfoundland from 1721 until 1746, the fort was poorly maintained from the beginning and by 1744 the redoubt had to be strength(en)ed by a timber and sod-work facing and the number of guns reduced to eight, bastions were then added to the landward angles of the palisade upon which were mounted Cohorn mortars. After a partial repair in 1762 the works were allowed to decay and were finally abandoned in 1811 when the ordnance was remove.

Two 12 pdr. cannon were mounted behind a temporary earthwork battery near this site in 1813 as a protection against American privateers and may still be seen. Much of the portland stone facing of the redoubt is incorporated in the fabric of the convent.
Erected by Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Location. 47° 14.947′ N, 53° 57.703′ W. Marker is in Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula). Marker is on Main Street (Route 100 South) just from Orcan Drive
Fort Frederick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2014
2. Fort Frederick Marker
, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador A0B, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. (Fort Royal) (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Port Royal and Castle Graves (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Fort Royal (Plaisance) (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Castle Hill (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); a different marker also named Castle Hill (approx. 0.8 kilometers away).
Also see . . .  Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador - Wikipedia. Placentia is a town on the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador, consisting of the amalgamated communities of Jerseyside, Townside, Freshwater, Dunville and Argentia. Common family names include Caul, Nolan, Power, O'Keefe, Wyse, Collins, O'Reilly, Murphy, Williams, Gambin, Hatfield, Wadman, Barry, Mooney, and Careen. (Submitted on November 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Forts, Castles
Fort Frederick image. Click for full size.
By James S. Meres, circa 1786
3. Fort Frederick
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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