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Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 15

A History of Martello Towers in the Defence of British North America, 1796-1871

by Ivan J. Saunders

Appendix G. Tower No. 1, Quebec City

Built: 1808-10
Armed: 1810
Disarmed: after 1869 Demolished: (extant. 1972)
Facing material: sandstone ashlar masonry
Diameter: 44 ft. 6 in.
Height: 29 ft. 1 in.
Wall thickness: 6 ft. to 11 ft.
Parapet height: approximately 4 ft. to 6 ft.
Storeys: two
Purpose: to defend the main Quebec works against an attack across the Plains of Abraham. To serve as a keep to a line of emergency field-works.
N.B.: See Appendix H.

31 Tower No. 1, Quebec, 1971. (Photograph by author.)

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