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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Caribbean forts (1) St. Thomas US VI

Fort Christian,  Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas  the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands completed in 1672. Clock and upper tower was added in the second half of the 19th century.
Another view to give you an idea of its scale, its located on the waterfront in Charlotte Amalie it is well Placed to cover the anchorage though I do not believe it would would have much chance of preventing quick in and out raids by ships or boats.
The Fort was expanded and updated in the 18th Century. I do not know for sure but believe the pointed brick part of the Bastion is part of this expansion.
Sorry for the poor picture this is a shot of the outer defenses of the Harbor take at sun set as we were setting out. The bow of the Carnival Liberty can be seen for some scale. This battery is located on Hassle Island and is called Fort Willoughby here is a better picture
The fort was built by the British in 1802.