Fort & Water Tower, Nassau

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  • Climbing the stairs into the fort
    Climbing the stairs into the fort
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  • Tricky getting down to the staircase from the fort
    Tricky getting down to the staircase...
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    View from the Top of the Fort
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    Water Tower

    by Willettsworld Written Feb 12, 2006

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    The 126 foot high Water Tower is built next to Fort Fincastle on one of the highest points in Nassau along the Prospect Ridge. It was built in 1928 to maintain water pressure on the island. It is possible to climb up inside (there's 216 steps!) or do what nearly everyone else does and that's to take the elevator which costs 50 cents. The views from the top are wonderful as you can see all of downtown Nassau, the Atlantis hotel on Paradise Island, the huge cruise ships in Prince George Wharf and even the hotels along Cable Beach.

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    Fort Fincastle

    by Willettsworld Written Feb 12, 2006

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    Fort Fincastle is a very small fortress that was built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore who was Governor between 1786-1797. There's not much to see or do in the fort except climb along the ramparts to view the remaining old cannons.

    Looking down from the top of the Water Tower Old cannon emplacements

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    The Best 50 cents I ever spent

    by dlandt Updated Dec 27, 2005

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    From the top of the water tower you can see almost the whole island, miles and miles around. You get a splendid view of the harbour and city, the neighborhoods and the nearby island. From here, you see just how impressive the Atlantis hotel really is. It dominates everything. You ride the elevator up, and down if you like, though we rode up and walked down. It costs only 50 cents.

    To help you appreciate the view, you can also key in on my Nassau travelogue, aptly titled, "Pics from the top of the water tower". Like I said, the views are phenomenal.

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    FREE- The Queen's Staircase

    by dlandt Updated Dec 27, 2005

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    The Queen's Staircase looks like it used to have some kind of function, but now boasts only a disfunctional waterfall. You can still see the marks of the tools in the walls where it took 60 slaves 16 years to carve the staircase out of the rock, which was used in the making of Ft. Fincastle, located at the top of the steps. I have to say the climb wasn't easy, but at least the shade helped with the heat.

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    Take a tour of Fort Charlotte..It's good!!

    by Gra8ful Written Sep 19, 2005

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    Fort Charlotte is the largest and most interesting of the three forts found in Nassau. Built in 1789 by Lord Dunmore and named in honor of the wife of King George III.This fort has never fired a shot in Battle. It includes a water-less moat, draw-bridge, ramparts and dungeons. Fort Charlotte commands a fine view of Nassau Harbor. (Admission is free. Tours are conducted Monday through Sunday, 8am to 3pm.)

    Tour Guide James and Jesse inside the Fort. Looking down the well.
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    Fort Fincastle ( Young Boys LOVE it! )

    by Gra8ful Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    Fort Fincastle, Nassau Bahamas, overlooking the town from Bennet's Hill was built by Lord Dunmore, about 1793 who named it after his second title, Viscount Fincastle.

    In a letter to the Secretary of State of February 17, 1794, he describes it as "a battery upon a hill in this island to the Eastwards of the Government House mounting two 24 pounders, two 32 pounder Carronades, two 12 pounders, and one Howitzer, which not only covers the Battery in Hog Island (Paradise Island) but all the Town and Road to the Eastward where the enemy might probably have effected a landing."
    (Tours are conducted Monday through Sunday, 8am to 3pm.)

    Inside the Fort Notice the Water Tower right behind it. Sign pointing the Way (And finger) ;-) Jesse standing next to the Cannon
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    If you seen one water tower you seen them all!

    by Gra8ful Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    If you are at awe over water towers, then by all means go see it. For me I wasn't impressed. If you see one water tower you have seen them all. I guess I didn't enjoy it because I see them all the time around my home town. Plus I didn't spend lots of money and hundreds of miles for the highlight to be a water tower ;-) It cost .50 cents to venture up it. If you haven't see one Go see it. I did get a great deal on t-shirts there though. They had a few tables of t-shirts and hats. You get a better by if you buy your had at Wal-mart or K-Mart store. I paid $4.99 for one at Wal-Mart for my husband, so I thought I might get me one at the tables near the Water tower, the lady had $20.00 on a straw hat so I offered her 6 dollars she just about came over the table to chew me out...Next time I'll bring my own from Wal-Mart. ( Notice the t-shirt stand in the picture.)

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    Nassau Water Tower

    by XanderDone Written Jun 22, 2005

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    With an observation deck at 216 feet above sea level, this tower boats the most outstanding view of New Providence Island. Its location and height offers a domineering view that everyone should encounter. No admission fees are necessary. Who knew that a reservoir would become such a tourist hotspot?!

    The Water Tower
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    Fort Fincastle

    by XanderDone Written Jun 22, 2005

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    Completed in 1793, this fort give you an astounding view of Nassau and Paradise Island. Its purpose was to protect the government house from invasion. Now open to the public, free of admission, you can enter the dungeon and ammo rooms and walk among big cannons.

    Cannon aimed at the Cruise Boats
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    Water Tower

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 26, 2005

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    The water tower is shaped like a huge white saltshaker, so it is not much to look at. The top of the water tower (which is also a lighthouse), with a height of 126 feet, is the highest point of New Providence Island at a height of 216 feet above sea level. Since there is a general local ban on skyscrapers, the observation deck affords stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Nassau and of Paradise Island across the way. The entrance fee is a measly 50 cents, and you can either take the elevator or climb the circular interior stairway that wraps around the elevator shaft. The entrance level has a small snack shop and lavatory. Outside there are friendly vendors selling local items, and a few stray dogs yearning for a cooler climate.

    shops at the base of the Water Tower

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    inside fort fincastle

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Fort Fincastle, Nassau Bahamas, overlooking the town from Bennet's Hill was built by Lord Dunmore, about 1793 who named it after his second title, Viscount Fincastle.

    In a letter to the Secretary of State of February 17, 1794, he describes it as "a battery upon a hill in this island to the Eastwards of the Government House mounting two 24 pounders, two 32 pounder Carronades, two 12 pounders, and one Howitzer, which not only covers the Battery in Hog Island (Paradise Island) but all the Town and Road to the Eastward where the enemy might probably have effected a landing."

    Tours are conducted Monday through Sunday, 8am to 3pm.

    Reached by climbing the Queen's Staircase, this fort was constructed in 1793 by Lord Dunmore, the royal governor. You can take an elevator ride to the top and walk on the observation floor (a 38m-/126-ft.-high water tower and lighthouse) for a panoramic view of the harbor. The tower is the highest point on New Providence. The so-called bow of this fort is patterned like a paddle-wheel steamer, the kind used on the Mississippi; it was built to defend Nassau against a possible invasion, though no shot was ever fired.

    Although the ruins of the fort hardly compete with the view, you can walk around on your own. Be wary, however, of the very persistent young men who will try to show you the way here. They'll try to hustle you, but you really don't need a guide to see some old cannons

    inside with tour guide fort fincastle

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    outside Fort Charlotte

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Take a tour of Fort Charlotte, Nassau Bahamas. Fort Charlotte is the largest and most interesting of the three forts found in Nassau. Built in 1789 by Lord Dunmore and named in honor of the wife of King George III.This fort has never fired a shot in Battle. It includes a water-less moat, draw-bridge, ramparts and dungeons. Fort Charlotte commands a fine view of Nassau Harbor.

    Admission is free. Tours are conducted Monday through Sunday, 8am to 3pm.

    Fort Charlotte is the largest and perhaps the most interesting of the three forts remaining in Nassau (the others being Fort Fincastle and Fort Montagu). Governor Lord Dunmore also commissioned Fort Charlotte, and it was constructed from 1787 to 1789. It looks a bit isolated on its strategic hilltop location.
    Walk over the raised walkway to enter the complex, constructed from limestone and surrounded by a dry oat and battlements. There is a curious set of concrete steps on the west side, apparently constructed for tourists to sit and enjoy the surrounding views (at least that was what I did). Old cannons are posted at what would be important defensive locations. The fort is definitely not one of the most visually appealing structures, and it indeed appears a bit run down, but it is fun to see old graffiti carved into the walls by soldiers who were stationed there. Take a walk into the belly of the beast through some dank underground passages to see some dungeon-like rooms, including an area with a dilapidated dummy strapped to some sort of torture bed.

    There is free admission into Fort Charlotte, but you may encounter a guide who will expect a tip if you use his services. It is located west of downtown Nassau, near the cricket pitch, the Botanical Gardens and well-advertised Ardastra gardens

    outside fort Charlotte

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    Fort Fincastle

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Built in 1793, the front of the fort is shaped like the bow of a ship and would have provided a good spot for a lookout to stand. Its cannons have never been fired in battle. Located on Elizabeth Avenue, you can reach this fort by way of the Queen’s Staircase a few blocks up from the harbour on East Street.

    Please Note:
    The tower at Fort Fincastle is closed to the general public until early 2005.

    Fort Fincastle on Nassau Island

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    Fort Charlotte in Nassau

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 26, 2005

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    If you have time to visit only one fort, see this one. It is by far the largest and covers 100 acres. Located on a hill overlooking the far west end of the harbour, Fort Charlotte commands an impressive view of Paradise Island, a good part of Nassau and the harbour. Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore, this fort has a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in an act of aggression. Tour guides (working for tips) are happy to give you a complete history of the fort. It is one mile west of downtown Nassau, just off West Bay Street.

    Interior courtyard of Fort Charlotte

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    Fort Fincastle - Free

    by dlandt Updated Jul 10, 2004

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    Fort Fincastle is located at the base of the water tower. Its not carefully preserved and you do have to watch out for things like broken glass, but its surprisingly intact, including the cannon. If you come up to see the water tower, just slip off to the side to see this too. If the water tower is closed, this makes a good substitute as a picture taking location. This is free.

    Fort Fincastle
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