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La Toc Battery Fort

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La Toc Battery Fort

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retireeVancouver wrote a review Feb 2019
Vancouver, Canada1,652 contributions1,383 helpful votes
We visited this attraction on a cruise ship excursion so the guide at the fort was expecting us. His talk about the history of the fort and its rescue in 1980 from oblivion by an American lady who lived on the island added a great deal to our visit. The fort/battery, built on a hill overlooking the Castries harbor, appears to be just 1 long horizontal concrete wall with room for 1 cannon emplacement and, below ground, storage rooms for artillery shells. The rusty 18 ton cannon now faces inland instead of toward the harbor because, after machinery pulled it uphill from the steep embankment below, the machinery could not turn the cannon around to place it on its swiveling stand/carriage. French ships, in the 1700-1800s, wanting to sail into the Castries harbor from the nearby island of St. Martinique just 20 miles away, often bore the brunt of British shells from this battery. Both countries battled each other at least 14 times for the control of St. Lucia which was valuable to the British as a coaling station to refuel her ships. The guide took us to a concrete underground room used by soldiers as a temporary barrack while on duty. The room was about as large as a master bedroom, but would have slept 60-70 soldiers. The walls of the room were all white washed now with display cases surrounding the room. Various bottles retrieved from the Castries' harbor were on display. These were grouped by use - ink wells, poison bottles, and French and British wine/champagne/beer bottles. Another small room held information in diagram form of the workings of the 18 ton cannon with a pile of rusty used cannon balls lying on the floor. Various pictures on the wall in this room showed British uniforms for the time period, a period map of St. Lucia with the location of La Toc Battery clearly marked, and a sketch of Government House. A third small room showed how artillery shells in this room would have been stored 5 deep per shelf. The tour lasted about 30 minutes. 15 seat passenger vans can make it up the hill to the entrance of the fort while large buses stop below the battery to let passengers climb up the hill for their visit. We left the Pointe Seraphine cruise dock around 9isham and had a slow crawl through the center of Castries, bumper to bumper with vehicles - something to remember if taking a taxi. I took this excursion because a visit to La Toc Battery was included. It would need a taxi ride from town otherwise.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Nadia M wrote a review Feb 2019
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We stoped here as part of our tour (with our cruise group), the fort is opened by appointment only as it was written in a big sign inside. We were welcomed by the guide who give us the history of the fort than we were given about 20 - 30 min to discover the fort and the rooms downstairs. It was not a very big fort, but it was beautiful with intersted stories.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Oldguitarmike wrote a review Jan 2018
Argyle, Texas863 contributions147 helpful votes
One of the stops on our shore excursion from the cruise ship. Located on top of a hill over looking the bay. The remains of the old fort are very well preserved. A brief history by our tour guide was very informative. They have restrooms available (I didn't use them so don't know how clean they are). Very interesting.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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andrew g wrote a review Oct 2017
Beverly Hills, California89 contributions27 helpful votes
Enter from the Sandals Grand if you'r staying there and pay the nominal entrance fee, head up hill and enjoy the fantastic views. A sea breeze will keep you cool so take your time and spend a few mins pondering the poor buggers who had to drag those cannons up that hill! :-)
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Takapuna wrote a review May 2017
Albany, New Zealand410 contributions138 helpful votes
The history of this place is amazing - fancy an American woman spending all her time resurrecting this fort - and she wasn't even a local - well, not when she started anyway. Lovely story and well preserved and certainly worth a visit!
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Date of experience: April 2017
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