|Setting out to explore Fort Jefferson|
|Anchored in front of the Fort.|
|Big cannons, pointed out to sea.|
|Staring down the barrel of a gun.|
|The bastion is the part of the Fort sticking out to the left. It was designed so that cannons could be aimed at the moat or the walls, to prevent attackers from getting in under the other cannons and climbing up.|
When the fort was still being provisioned there were no guns at the fort yet. Unfortunately even so, an enemy ship had come to close and was threatening U.S. territory. The man in charge told the ship that it had ten minutes to get out of range before it was blown out of the water. The fort was so formidable in appearance that the bluff worked and the ship fled. The fort was still impressive today.
|Walking through millions of bricks.|
There were some gaping holes in the red brickwork where we could easily have fallen into the moat.
|Checking the moat for sharks.|
|It was a long way down. When the wind was up the waves bashed hard against that outer wall around the moat.|
|Looking down on the inner courtyard of the Fort.|
“No thank you I like it, but you can get rid of it if you want”. (Shark growls and shows it’s teeth).
“Ummmm actually it’s kinda cute you can keep it”
There were even some of the cannons from way back in the day that we got to see!
I think fort Jefferson is probably one of the coolest forts we’ve seen on our trip and we’ve seen quite a few.
|Standing on top of the Fort, with Monashee just behind us.|