Ferry Point Martello Tower

Posted on January 29, 2023 / 28
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Bermuda

The Martello Tower at Ferry Point was built between 1823 and 1828 to protect the Ferry Reach, a channel between St George Harbour and Castle Harbour.  It was at this location that a ferry was located linking Georges Island with the rest of Bermuda.

The Martello Tower mounted a single smoothbore gun and it remained in service until at least 1871 when the Royal Engineers completed the causeway connecting St George’s Island to rest of the Bermuda constalation.  It was recorded as being an 18-pdr SB gun on a traversing carriage.  This was the only Martello Tower built in Bermuda but similar tower were built around the World including Mauritius, South Africa and Canada.

The whole extent of the peninsular was designated as War Department Land and a caretakers cottage (Ferry Keepers Cottage) and water catchment built in the area.  The military lived here under canvas during outbreaks of contagious disease such as yellow fever in 186os.  There is a small walled graveyard adjacent to the caretakers cottage. Apart from the Martello Tower there are two earlier coastal defence batteries, Bunt Pont Fort and Ferry Island Fort.  There was also a magazine, built at the same time as the Martello Tower, some 50 metres to the North.

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