The Martello Tower at Ferry Point, St George’s Island, Bermuda

By Edward Harris, published May 1988

Abstract

The only Bermudan Martello Tower was built in 1892, using limestone blocks, as part of the Royal Navy’s harbour defences. Although of a typical moated, south-coast England, ovoid design, it is slightly smaller internally and lacks the central masonry pillar. Stairs are built into the thicker walls from the lower magazine and storerooms to the living quarters and up to the terre-plein on the roof. The terre-plein also served as a rainwater catchment, feeding by pipe a tank below the magazine. The Ferry Point tower defended the channel between St George Island and Castle Harbour.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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