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Murney Martello Tower

Murney Martello Tower

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Murney Martello Tower

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
In front of the tower on King Street West
across from Barrie Street

Coordinates: N 44 13.352 W 76 29.429


Plaque Text

This tower was constructed in 1846 as a part of the new naval defences authorized for Kingston Harbour by the Imperial government during the Oregon Crisis of 1845-46. It was one of the last British works of defence commenced in the Canadian interior and one of the most sophisticated of the Martello Towers built in British North America. Although in regular use as a barracks after 1849 it was not fully armed until 1862, when it had already become obsolete because of rapid advance in offensive military technology.

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