The three surviving Martello Towers at Quebec City. This composite image shows the thumbnail images at the HistoricPlaces.ca website, where full images can be seen linked from each thumbnail.
Québec City's Martello Towers
The Québec Saturday Budget; 10 February 1906
A correspondent writes to the Canadian Military Gazette as follows:—
"Quebec is in danger of losing another of its Martello towers. There was originally a line of four of these towers, stretching across the neck of land between the St. Lawrence and the St. Charles Rivers, at a distance of about a half mile from the city walls, and intended to serve as outposts to the city. Their utility from a military point of view has log since passed, but historically they are of considerable interest. No. 1 has been given over to the Ross Rifle factory, and they have erected a water tower on top of it. No. 2 is still intact, but as houses have been built round it right up to its walls, it is hardly now visible. No. 3 was demolished to make way for an extensions to the Jeffery Hale Hospital, and No. 4, which overlooks the St. Charles Valley, is now wanted for street widening purposes. Looking at the matter from the merely commercial point of view, Québec's historic walls and streets are of such value to the city, on account of the crowds of tourists they attract, that our civic authorities should hesitate and weigh well before demolishing further historical landmarks."
Demolition of Tower No. 3, showing the thickness of the walls in thse fortified towers. (Image source - Wikipedia.)
More on Québec City's Martello Towers:—
- Québec Martello Towers National Historic Site of Canada
- Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada - The Martello Tower
- The National Battlefields Commission; Plains of Abraham - Martello Tower 1
- Québec City Sights - Tours Martello (Martello Towers) Review
- Martello Towers in Canada - Wikipedia
- Martello Towers, Québec City, Canada.MP4 - YouTube