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Near Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Duke of York's Martello Tower

York Redoubt

 
 
Duke of York's Martello Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 1, 2011
1. Duke of York's Martello Tower Marker
Inscription. [English Text only shown]

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. Touch 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.
Martello Tower around 1880 image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 1, 2011
2. Martello Tower around 1880
Detail from Photo #1
At least 8 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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). Touch for a list and map 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
 
Duke of York's Martello Tower image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 1, 2011
3. Duke of York's Martello Tower
Only the lower story of the Martello Tower remains and forms part of the Outer Gorge Wall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 602 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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