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Kingston in Frontenac County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Point Frederick Artillery Battery

Batterie d’artillerie de la Pointe Frederick

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2014
1. Point Frederick Artillery Battery Marker
Inscription. In November 1812, guns of the original fort here were fired against American ships attacking Kingston. Perhaps this attack came as retaliation for the earlier Canadian one on Sackets (sic) Harbor, but more likely American commander Chauncey felt his squadron sufficiently strong to destroy Anglo-Canadian power on the lake and centered at Kingston. But that failed, giving the British Army the opportunity to build here a new, more powerful battery of 6 and 9 pounder guns with a 45-foot square blockhouse. Supporting buildings at the tip of Point Frederick provided protection for the blockhouse which stood on the approximate location of the Fort Frederick Tower, constructed in 1846 and preserved today as the Museum of the Royal Military College. Additional batteries and fortifications were established on Point Henry and fortified outposts were built on Amherst and Snake Islands, Lemoyne Point and Lake Ontario Point to control the approaches to Kingston harbour, but these guns were never fired in action.

French:
En novembre 1812, des canons du fort qui a l’origine se trouvait ici, ont tiré contre des navires américains qui attaquaient Kingston. Peut-être que cette attaque a eu lieu en représailles à l’attaque canadienne menée plus tôt sur Sackets (sic) Harbour, mais il est plus probable que le Commodore américain Chauncey
Point Frederick Artillery Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2014
2. Point Frederick Artillery Battery Marker
croyait son escadron suffisamment fort pour détruire la puissance anglo-canadienne sur la lac, centrée sur Kingston. Mais cela a échoué, donnant à l’Armée britannique la chance de construite ici une nouvelle batterie plus puissante de canon de 6 et 9 livres avec un blockhaus de 45 pieds carres. Des bâtiments de soutien au bout de la pointe Frederick assuraient la protection du blockhaus qui se trouvait à peu près sur l’emplacement de la tour du Fort Frederick, construite en 1846, et utilisée aujourd’hui en tant que musée du Collége militaire royal. Des batteries et des fortifications supplémentaires ont été installées sur la pointe Henry et des avant-postes fortifiés ont été construits sur les îles Amherst et Snake, à la point Lemoyne et la pointe Lac Ontario pour contrôler les approches du port de Kingston; toutefois, leurs canons n’ont jamais tiré dans le feu de l’action.
 
Location. 44° 13.615′ N, 76° 28.201′ W. Marker is in Kingston, Ontario, in Frontenac County. Marker is on Point Frederick Drive, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston, Ontario K7K 7B4,, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Frederick (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Point Frederick (about 90 meters away); Commodore’s Residence, 1815
Another 1846 Martello tower built across the bay at Point Henry image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2014
3. Another 1846 Martello tower built across the bay at Point Henry
(about 150 meters away); Strategic Importance / Importance Stratégique (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Stone Frigate (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Kingston Navy Yard (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sir James Lucas Yeo (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Point Frederick Buildings (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is at southern end of Point Frederick on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 23, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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