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Alexandra Battery -- St. George's Parish BM
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 32° 22.824 W 064° 39.885
20S E 343398 N 3583820
Quick Description: The Alexandra Battery is one of many MANY historic forts on the beautiful island of Bermuda
Location: Bermuda
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 1:48:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMNF4A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The Alexandra battery was built in the 1860s and modernized in 1900. A 10 inch muzzle loading rifle is on display here, one of the types of guns that were emplaced here at the time that the battery was active.

In 1900 two modern 6-inch Rifled Breech Loader Guns were added, mostly for the defense of the Bermuda coastline.

Today the Alexandra battery is a national park, open from dawn to dusk daily.

from the Bermuda attractions website: (visit link)

"Alexandra Battery & Building Bay Beach

Located at the eastern edge of Bermuda in St. George's, Alexandra Battery is a fortification made in the 1860s. Just below the fort, there is a small beach which is well known in Bermuda for colorful sea glass. This beach is known as Building Bay Beach. First about the fort. It was named after the princess of Denmark Alexandra. She was married to Edward VII who later became the king of Great Britain.

Alexandra fort is located less than a mile away from the St. Catherine Fort as well as the Gates Fort. The fort was built on a site where there was another old battery called Buildings Bay Battery which was built in 1840s. However, not much is known about that. There were nine guns known as the Rifled Muzzle Loaders that were mounted at the Alexandra Battery. One such gun is still there on site at southern end of the battery. A unique feature of these guns was the use of metal flash plates (called Gibraltar Shields) around the cannons to protect the gunners from incoming fire.

In early 1900s, when the princess of Denmark Alexandra became the Queen, the entire fort was modernized and equipped with two 6-inch modern guns for coastline protections. These guns were called the Rifled Breech Loaders. Climb the steps of 6-inch Rifled Breech Loaders emplacements and enjoy the lovely views. The fort is open to public. It was last manned during the world wars I and II. However it did not have to ever get involved in any enemy encounters."
The year the "Fort" was constructed or started.: 1840

Name of "Country" or "Nation" that constructed this "Fort": Great Britain

Was this "Fort" involved in any armed conflicts?: No it wasn't

What was the primary purpose of this "Historic Fort"?: For protecting a travel or shipping route

Current condition: restored and open to the public

This site is administered by ----: Government of Bermuda

If admission is charged -: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Open to the public?: Restricted or by appointment only.

Official or advertised web-page: [Web Link]

Link to web-site that best describes this "Historic Fort": [Web Link]

Link if this "Fort" is registered on your Countries/ State "Registry of Historical Sites or Buildi: Not listed

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