Add St. Lucia News Online on Whatsapp +1758 712 6700; get major headlines and source us with news tips, photos, and videos

Pulling out the big guns!

By SLNT

 Share This On:

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) successfully excavated 4 cannons at the Apostles Battery located at the Morne Fortuné Historic Area on Friday, March 6, 2015.

The Apostles Battery, along with the batteries at La Toc and Vigie, was an important part of the defenses of the Castries Harbor and Saint Lucia generally during the battles between the British and French.

The cannons which are 9” rifled muzzle loading guns, were commissioned in 1892 and decommissioned in 1905 after hostilities between the British and French ended.

This particular site is one of notoriety and the re-mounting of the guns is part of the overall development plans for the Morne Historic Area. Mr. Godfrey Weir, a British civil engineer, seconded to SLNT as a Volunteer from ‘People and Places’ developed and executed the restoration plan.

With the help of a 50 ton crane supplied by Philgence Transport the four guns, each 4 meters long and weighing 12.2 tonnes were lifted fromtheir buried locations and placed onto the emplacements originally constructed to accommodate them.

The guns will next be de-rusted and protective coatings applied to preserve them.

This site will be further developed and public access created to allow for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

(0)(0)
This article was posted in its entirety as received by stlucianewsonline.com. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

15 comments

  1. there's one at la toc (the old golden hope site) that is almost completely buried.

    (0)(0)
  2. were these cannons known to be at these locations or where they "found" recently. because just imagine all the other things we hav yet unearthed.

    (0)(0)
  3. KUDOS TO THE NATIONAL TRUST. SO MUCH OF OUR HISTORY IS BURIED IN OUR SOIL OR THE DIRT OF TIME AND NEEDS TO BE UNCOVERED OR DISCOVERED.

    (0)(0)
  4. Sweet! This is awesome. You have added another place for me to visit when I am home. Can't believe there are such massive things waiting to be uncovered.

    (0)(0)
  5. nice work.

    (0)(0)
  6. finally took way too long very rare guns

    (0)(0)
  7. This is great news! St. Lucians keep being passionate and expressive just like the French. A lot of foreigners see it as negative.

    (0)(0)
  8. Amazing stuff. Great job by SLNT.

    (0)(0)
    • That is true Terry, great news by SLNT;but they should not be so negative, putting so many negative comments about St.lucians on FB, makes them just as bad or even worse. I live outside of St.Lucia among Jamaicans, nuff said!

      (0)(0)
  9. good job

    (0)(0)
  10. Good job national trust of preserving historical artifacts.

    (0)(0)
  11. I can't believe that there are still unexcavated cannons just lying around places that we pass by everyday.

    (0)(0)
  12. great job

    (0)(0)
  13. BIG UP LARRY SCRAP METALS..U LARGE..LOL

    (0)(0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

I agree to these terms.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.