Fort Point, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Fort Point
Admiral's Point
Unincorporated community
Fort Point is located in Newfoundland
Fort Point
Fort Point
Location of Fort Point in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 48°21′55″N 53°20′42″W / 48.36528°N 53.34500°W / 48.36528; -53.34500
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Settled 1744
Time zone UTC-3:30 (Newfoundland Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2:30 (Newfoundland Daylight)
Area code(s) 709

Fort Point, also known as Admiral's Point,[1] is a point of land situated on the western shore to the entrance of Trinity Harbour, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. The area was the site a fort which was located on the tip of the peninsula.

History[edit]

Trinity with its excellent harbour and close proximity to the fishing grounds was often the target of French raids which required protection. The peninsula that jutted out into the natural harbour provided an ideal location for such a fort. It was the site of three military installations with the first in 1744 that housed fourteen twenty four pounder cannons facing the inner harbour with another four six pounders towards Salvage Head.[2]

On July 17, 1762 the fort was surrendered to French commander Captain Chevalier de Boisgelin who destroyed the buildings and most of the ordnance.

The second installation was in 1812 as protection against raids by American privateers. The third and final installation was in 1820 when it was commanded by Captain J.T. Nicholas of HMS Egeria.

The fortification was eventually abandoned and a lighthouse was erected on the site in 1871.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlanYourTrip/Detail/210057
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, Volume Two, (p 324 - 325) ISBN 0-9693422-2-5

Coordinates: 48°21′55″N 53°20′42″W / 48.36528°N 53.34500°W / 48.36528; -53.34500