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Gunpowder Magazine

My friend claims that his camera takes exceptional photos in low light. The powder magazine was so dark I had to wait a moment for my eyes to adjust so I would not hit any walls. I suggested he use a flash. He did not and this was the result. I like to think of it as a photograph with artistic qualities.


The powder magazine is a cool underground chamber where gunpowder was kept and is part of Fort Rodney.


Fort Rodney was built in 1778 with an armament of three 24-pounders and two eleven and a half-inch mortars. The cannons sat on timbers on the cobblestone platform, and the platform also served as a water catchment as you can see by the little drain around the walls that runs into the well. Water was used on the gun platform to swab the hot cannons and to remove gunpowder that did not ignite. For drinking, the water was filtered through a three-gallon limestone filter.


Pigeon Island, only some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the French base at Fort Royal, Martinique, had long been recognized by the British Admiral Rodney as an important observation and defensive site. In 1780 he wrote “… this is the post the Governor of Martinique had set his eye on and if possessed by the enemy would deprive us of the best anchorage place in these islands and from which Martinique is always attackable…” *


* Unknown author. 1975. "Fort Rodney, 1778" Saint Lucia National Trust. HISTORIC SIGN 2018-03-11.


Photo credit: RB


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Taken on March 11, 2018