After our Segway Tour, the shuttle took my friends back to the port ... but I asked the driver to take me to Fort Fincastle. From nassauparadiseisland.com,
Erected in 1793, Fort Fincastle was named after British captain Lord Dunmore—and his second title, Viscount Fincastle—who had it built to protect Nassau Harbour and watch for encroaching pirates. Since it was located atop Bennet’s Hill, the highest point on New Providence Island, the fort provided fantastic views of Nassau and Paradise Island as well as the eastern approaches to New Providence. Its appearance alone must have been daunting enough to all would-be marauders since its cannons were never fired! Open seven days a week, 8:00am to 4:00pm.
The fort was constructed from limestone in the surrounding hills, creating the Queen's Staircase which I'll spotlight tomorrow.
Fort Fincastle is shaped like a steam paddler ... thus nicknamed the ship that goes nowhere. It reminded me of Blackness Castle near Edinburgh, Scotland (link) - it is also shaped like a ship!
Although the castle was closed, it still intrigued me!
The cannons were never fired ...
... but the castle gives an excellent view of Paradise Island ...
... home of the Atlantis resort.
I also spied the three cruise ships docked in Nassau. Do you have a favorite castle? One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts win a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, November 7, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 8.
Kim in Baltimore
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