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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.