Fort Petrie

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Fort Petrie (1914-1956) - A Canadian coastal fort established in 1914 during World War I on a cliff overlooking the entrance to Sydney Harbor in present day Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The site experienced at least two different periods of activity, World War I (1914-1917) and World War II (1940-1948). Last deactivated in 1956. Deactivated and disarmed in 1956.

Fort Petrie Searchlight Shelter
Fort Petrie BC/Fire Control Tower
Fort Petrie Battery Emplacement #1

World War I (1914-1918)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Sydney.


World War II (1939-1945)

Fort Petrie Underground Facility Escape Hatch
Fort Petrie Ammunition Lift

The Chapel Point World War II Battery was built in 1939-1940 by contractor E.G.M. Cape at a cost of $105,000. The above ground facilities at the battery came to included two reinforced concrete gun emplacements, a four story concrete BC/Fire control station originally disguised as a church and two concrete searchlight shelters. Below ground was a multi room complex that housed the magazines, mess facilities, gun keep, artillery stores and recreation facilities.

Two 4.7-inch MK7 quick-firing (QF) guns were emplaced in the concrete gun emplacements. These two guns were replaced with two 4-inch twin barrelled MK16 guns in 1944. A 6-pounder Hotchkiss gun was emplaced in 1943. A CDX fire control radar was added to the top of the tower in 1944. A similar battery was constructed across the harbor at Chapel Point Battery during the same time frame.

The battery was deactivated and disarmed in 1956.

Current Status

Operated by Sydney Harbour Fortification Society near New Victoria, Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Museum in the BC/Fire Control tower. The remaining structures are well kept and mostly labeled. No pertinent gun displays.

Location: 3479 New Waterford Hwy, New Victoria, Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Phone (902) 862-8367

Maps & Images

Lat: 46.2498525 Long: -60.1536146

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Visited: 7 Jul 2013

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