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Point Frederick

Point Frederick

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Point Frederick

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2007

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
Inside the walls of the tower,
on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada

Coordinates: N 44 13.666 W 76 28.166


Plaque Text

A strategic location for the defence of the Loyalist settlement at Cataraqui (Kingston), this point was reserved in 1788 and named after Sir Frederick Haldimand, Governor of Quebec (1778-86). In 1790-91 a guardhouse and storehouse were built. By 1792 a dockyard was in operation and during the War of 1812 this vital naval base was fortified. On November 10, 1812, the Fort Frederick battery took part in repulsing an American naval squadron under Commodore Isaac Chauncey. This structure, one of four massive stone Martello towers built to strengthen Kingston's defences, was erected in 1846-47 during the Oregon boundary crisis between the United States and Britain. In 1852 the dockyard was closed and in 1870 Fort Frederick was abandoned.

Related Ontario plaques
Murney Martello Tower
Point Frederick Buildings



War of 1812

Kingston Plaques

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