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  • Climbing the stairs into the fort
    Climbing the stairs into the fort
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Views from the top of the water tower.

    by Willettsworld Written Feb 12, 2006

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    Here are the views from the top of the water tower. From the top 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.

    Looking NE with Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island Looking north with cruise ships Looking NW over downtown Nassau Looking east over the suburbs of Nassau Looking south

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    Fort Charlotte

    by saw50st8 Updated Jul 10, 2006

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    A nice historic fort with a good view. It was the first thing I saw in Nassau and the walk from downtown was worth it! Plaques explain the history of the area. Not an absolute neccesity, but a nice way to spend some time. The view is definitely worth it!

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    Fort Fincastle Offers Spectacular Views of Nassau

    by TravellerMel Written Dec 28, 2011

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    A stop at Fort Fincastle was part of our island tour during our cruise stop.

    Built in 1793 by the Royal Governor of the islands, Lord Dunsmore, the Viscount Fincastle, to protect the island from invaders. Its garrison never fired a shot in anger. Today, you can climb to the top of the fort where cannons (not the original ones) still stand guard over the surrounding landscape. The fort makes for a neat viewing opportunity, and I would consider it a "must-see" because of the spectacular panoramic views of the ocean it offers from the top. We had fun trying to move the cannons along their track (it is possible - it took the both of us to do it though!)

    $1 admission charge. Open ­Monday-Saturday, 8-5.

    Fort Fincastle, Nassau, Bahamas Cannon at Fort Fincastle, Nassau, Bahamas View from Fort Fincastle, Nassau, Bahamas Fort Fincastle, Nassau, Bahamas Fort Fincastle, Nassau, Bahamas
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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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    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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    Water Tower

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 5, 2014

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    The water tower is located on Bennet's Hill, the highest point of New Providence Island (i.e. Nassau).

    The tower is right next to the Queens Staircase and Fort Fincastle. The tower was built in 1928 to maintain water pressure in Nassau. - a round concrete water tower with a flat roof used as an observation platform. The entire tower is white.

    Because of Fort Fincastle's location on the highest point of Nassau, it later served as a lighthouse and signal station until 1817, when a lighthouse was constructed on Hog Island. The water tower may still serve as a landfall light for the city from some directions.

    The tower is currently closed for renovations. An elevator formerly carried tourists to the roof of this historic tower for a panoramic view of Nassau There was also spiral staircase (216 steps) that provides access to observation deck at the top.

    Top of the water tower Bottom of the water tower Tower with the fort in the foreground Beside the fort View from the top
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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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  • You must visit the Water Tower...

    by Arubasun. Written Oct 4, 2002

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    You must visit the Water Tower which is the tallest building structure on New Providence. Once on top you will get spectacular views of the capital Nassau with the Atlantis resort in the distance. The water tower is easy to find near Shirley street. The entrance fee to the water tower is U.S. $0.50 cents. It is a must visit attraction in Nassau.

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    Fort Fincastle

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 4, 2014

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    Fort Fincastle is one of the three forts remaining from the end of the 18th Century, when the British thought that New Providence was a target for French and Spanish marauders, They built fortifications throughout New Providence and Hog Island (now Paradise Island). The ship-shaped Fort Fincastle was built from cut limestone in the early 1790s during the 1787-96 governorship of Lord Dunmore, an eccentric fort builder. The fort took its name from Dunmore's second title, Viscount Fincastle.

    In a letter to the Secretary of State, dated February 17, 1794, Dunmore described the fort as "a battery upon a hill in this island to the Eastwards of the Government House" which not only covers the Battery in Hog Island but all the Town and Road to the Eastward where the enemy might probably have effected a landing."

    The fort carried two 24-pounder cannons; two 32-pounders, two 12-pounders and a Howitzer.

    Hours: Open Sunday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and holidays.
    In the past there was an admission charge for entrance to the fort but it is free until further notice

    The sign in photo 5 says: Welcome
    Then under the picture it says Fort Fincastle 1960s 1970s

    One of a series of fortifications built during the late 1600s and 1700s, this sturdy fort helped protect the island of New Providence and Nassau harbour. Fort Montague to the east and Fort Charlotte to the west also remain standing as do a series of small batteries across the island

    Completed circa 1793, Fort Fincastle stood watch over the town of Nassau and its harbour to the east, serving primarily as a lookout post. Though originally armed with seven cannons,this small fort was never tested in battle.

    Front of Fort Fincastle Walls and admission booth Lower ramparts View of the area of the fortifications Sign which says c 1793 at the top
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    Fort Charlotte

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 4, 2014

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    Fort Charlotte is by far the largest fort in Nassau, and covers 100 acres. There is an impressive view of Paradise Island, Nassau and the harbor from the fort. Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore the fort was named after the wife of King George III, Queen Saharia Charlotte. The middle bastion, Ft. Stanley and the western portion, Ft. D'Arcy were added later. this fort has a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in an act of aggression. I understand that the exhibits are interactive and give you an insight into the construction of the fort and how the soldiers would have lived there.

    The entrance fee for non-residents is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children under 14, this price includes a free, informative guided tour of the fort and it is open from 8am-4pm 7 days a week, including holidays. Tour guides working for tips

    We did not go into the fort or pay the admission charge. We just took photos of the outside walls, and the harbor and lighthouse which could be seen from the fort.

    Entrance door with a padlock Sign for Sign with admission charges in 2011 Dry moat Gun port?
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