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York Redoubt

 
 
York Redoubt Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 1, 2011
1. York Redoubt Marker
Inscription. [English text]
York Redoubt was the heart of the defences protecting the outer harbour approaches to Halifax. Begun in 1793, it was enlarged by the Duke of Kent who constructed a Martello tower here in 1798. The redoubt became an essential link in the communications system protecting the city against surprise attack. Its strategic importance was such that it was rebuilt in the 1860s and 1880s to mount more powerful guns. In the twentieth century York Redoubt became the tactical command centre for all harbour defences. It remained active until 1956.

[French text…]
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Government of Canada.
 
Location. 44° 35.812′ N, 63° 33.19′ W. Marker is near Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker can be reached from York Redoubt Access Road 0.2 kilometers south of Ferguson's Cove Road. Touch for map. The marker is mounted on a boulder inside the grounds of the fort on the right side of a trail going east from the parking area, through the Old Gorge Wall, past the Martello Tower toward the harbour. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 York Redoubt Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3V 1L7, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
York Redoubt Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 1, 2011
2. York Redoubt Marker
The Old Gorge Wall and trail to the parking area are in the background.
6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Duke of York's Martello Tower (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. 5.1 kilometers away); Charles Morris (approx. 5.2 kilometers away); The Tall Ships Parade 2000 (approx. 5.2 kilometers away); The Grand Dérangement (approx. 5.3 kilometers away); Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (approx. 5.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
 
Additional keywords. fortifications
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
York Redoubt Artillery image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 1, 2011
3. York Redoubt Artillery
Some of the guns are 9" Rifled Muzzle Loaders built in the 1860s. They used shells designed to punch through the armour on the new ironclad warships. The distant building on the hill is the Fire Command Post.
Retired Artillery image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 1, 2011
4. Retired Artillery
The "New Gorge Wall" and the main gate are in the background. The New Gorge Wall was built to defend York Redoubt against an attack by land.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 10, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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