Fort Charlotte Martello Tower

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Fort Charlotte Martello Tower (1796-1877) - A British colonial Martello tower established in 1812 at Fort Charlotte (2) on Georges Island in present day Halifax Harbor, Halifax, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Designed by Captain Gustave Nicolls. Named after Prince Edward's mother, Queen Charlotte. Destroyed in 1877.

Fort Charlotte on George's Island in Halifax Harbor Site of the Fort Charlotte Martello Tower

Fort Charlotte Martello Tower History

Part of the Harbor Defense of Halifax.

One of five Martello Towers built for the defense of Halifax Harbor. The towers were mainly designed to provide land side protection for water facing batteries. The five Halifax Harbor Martello Towers were:

Halifax Harbor Martello Towers
Tower Built Designed by Fort Location Notes
Prince of Wales Martello Tower 1796 Capt. James Straton Point Pleasant
Duke of Clarence Martello Tower 1798 Capt. James Straton Fort Clarence Dartmouth
Duke of York Martello Tower 1798 Capt. James Straton York Redoubt
Fort Charlotte Martello Tower 1812 Capt. Gustavus Nicolls Fort Charlotte (2) George's Island
Sherbrooke Martello Tower 1814 Col. Gustavus Nicolls Magruder's Beach
on McNab's Island

The Fort Charlotte Martello Tower was a stone tower built to be 30' high, with a diameter at the base of 45'-50'.

Current Status

Destroyed, the site is part of the Georges Island National Historic Site on Georges Island, Halifax, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Location: Fort Charlotte on Georges Island, Halifax, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Lat: 44.64077 Long: -63.55907

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