I am throwing back this Thursday (that's what today is all about right?) all the way to July. Back to Newfoundland and back to Cape Spear. I've posted on it twice now because if you love lighthouses, beautiful ocean views, and a great hiking path system then this place is for you. This third post is about the wartime history Fort Cape Spear also holds!
These are some underground bunkers connected with tunnels made to blend right in to the land from the ocean. Because it is located at the most easterly point of North America the fort was a strategic location during WWII. It was built in 1940 to protect St. John's Harbour from any attacks and houses two "disappearing" guns that would be lowered behind a wall covered with grass so they couldn't be seen by oncoming ships.
The guns were actually re-located from Fort Mott in New Jersey when the American War Department deemed them no longer required and the Canadian Government was authorized to relocate them. The carriages that lifted and moved the guns have been dismantled.
While guns and wars are not my favourite part of history, it is still pretty interesting to visit these historic sites plus the location can't be beat!
In the below photo David is crying because he missed his beloved rocks so much...then he is happy to be home again. So many emotions...