Cannon on the Ramparts, Fort Wellington, Prescott, Ontario

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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The ramparts were the principal line of defence for the fort. Made of earth and rubble piled on a 45 degree angle and covered with sod to prevent erosion, they are 18.3 metres {60’] thick at the base. Just below the crest of the ramparts there is a series of posts set horizontally into the earth, projecting out from the ramparts to discourage an enemy’s effort to scale the walls. This defensive work is known as fraising.
The ramparts were not just a barrier to enemy attack, they were also an elevated platform for cannons. Two 24-pounder cannons are set on the southern ramparts overlooking the river and the American town of Ogdensburg on the far shore. A pair of 12-pounder cannons are set on the northern ramparts to fire upon troops advancing on the fort from that direction.
The cannon has “70307, Cannon, 1807” embossed on the barrel.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 – 300 at 300mm, circular polariser
Auto bracket 5 exposures -1.3 to +1.3 ev, lightly processed in Essential HDR, finshed in Photoshop

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