Saturday, 29 March 2014

Josiah Stubb - A Photo-Journey Through Louisbourg

The following is a quick photo-journey through Louisbourg. I'd posted them on facebook while I was there in 2011, researching for Josiah Stubb, but thought that you might like to see them again.

 This is Kenington Cove, named after the Royal Navy frigate that provided covering fire when the British attempted to land on the eighth of June, 1758. Prior to that the British referred to it as Fresh Water Cove. Notice Amber standing at one end of the beach and the high ground behind her. I was at the other end of the beach with the camera. Now try to imagine hundreds of boats trying to land on such a narrow front, and the French in strength on the heights with heavy artillery.
 This is just inside the fortress. The embrasures are part of the Dauphin Bastion, these ones overlooking the harbour. The Dauphin Bastion saw heavy action during the siege.
 This photo was taken from the sentinel's post built into the wall of the King's Bastion, with one of King Louis' soldiers striking a martial pose. Behind him you can see the tower of the citadel.
 This photo was taken from the ramparts inside the King's Bastion. The soldiers are putting on an impressive display of their musketry drill.

Here we have Amber standing at an embrasure at the King's Bastion, to give you an idea of the scale. The embrasure itself is perhaps only six to eight feet thick. The wall that we're standing on is considerably thicker.

 This is inside the Dauphin Bastion. The canon are facing the landward side.
 And this is looking through an embrasure from the Dauphin Bastion to the King's Bastion on the horizon. Notice the (more or less) dry moat that had to be crossed before even reaching the walls, which were protected from artillery fire by the outer escarpment on the right, forming the outer face of the moat. Caught between the cannon fire between the two bastions, the moat would have been the perfect killing ground for any troops assaulting the walls.
 This is the drawbridge and gate at the Dauphin Bastion, protecting the extreme north end of the fortress, by the Barachois Inlet. On the left you can see the harbour.
This is an extension to the right of the photograph above - the fortress walls, with a sentry post. In the distance, you can see the King's Bastion and the tower of the citadel, at the time the largest, and the highest building in North America.


  1. Having just finished (and loved) Josiah Stubb, I was just 'Googling' King's Bastion, so I could get a clearer picture in my head, when to my surprise I came across the author's own photographs. Thank you. They have added immensely to my understanding of the area and places mentioned in the book.

    Kennington cove gets things really into perspective!

    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed it, D Arcadian! Kennigton cove ends just behind me, and a few yards further down the point are the rocks where the British did eventually land. It was surreal to see them lurking just beneath the surface, :)