we are heading for the Queens Battery
even up here it is pretty wet
looking down on the North Head Trail
preparing the gun
the view to the south from atop the Cabot Tower
Cabot Tower is surprisingly small
a line-up of 18th century guns
the Barracks were restored in 1983
ST Johns Harbour lurks in the background, up front is Georges Pond
Signal Hill
The hill north of The Narrows has been used to defend St Johns from the 1650's til after WWII.
 
First known as the Outlook, in 1762 it was renamed Signal Hill after the British victory over the French at the Battle of Signal Hill.
 
At the end of the 18th century the Queens Battery was installed on a strategic outcrop directly overseeing the harbour and in 1900 the Cabot Tower was inaugurated.
It was here that in 1901 Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal from Cornwall in the UK.
 
Presently SIgnal Hill is a National Historic Site with much of the now obsolete military hardware on full display.
 
Every day at 12 the  Noon Day Gun is fired and in summer you can watch the Signal Hill Tattoo with gunfire and soldiers dressed in historic uniforms.
 
For hikers there are several trails on and around Signal Hill, the North Head Trail is the most spectacular but strenuous.
 
We visited SIgnal Hill on a clear but windy day in September 2017 and enjoyed the noon gun and spectacular panoramas.
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at the back of the visitor center they have planted two chairs. I wonder why?
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the view from the top of Signal Hill
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near the North Head Trail Lookout
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he explains the history of the noon day gun
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a nice view over the Narrows towards Fort Amherst
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a loud bang and a lot of smoke. It worked!
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