Cambelton Battery

Charlotteville, Tobago
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The fantastic panoramic view from this destination – among the best in Tobago – more than makes up for the location being less impressive architecturally than other fort destinations in Tobago. Visitors are offered a spectacular views of Charlotteville on one side, and across to Hermitage Bay and Pirate’s Bay on the other.

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Although commonly referred to as Fort Cambelton, Cambelton Battery is not part of the Tobago’s fort system. Erected in 1777 to help protect the island from American privateers who were raiding the British islands during the American War of Independence, guards would signal using mirrors if ships were spotted coming from the north. This gave the militia time to get their cannons and artillery ready for battle. These canons protecting Man O’ War Bay are reminders of Tobago’s plantation past. The battery of canons (two to be exact) was used to help protect shipping and loading of sugar at nearby bays. The fantastic panoramic view from this destination – among the best in Tobago – more than makes up for the location being less impressive architecturally than other fort destinations in Tobago. Visitors are offered a spectacular views of Charlotteville on one side, and across to Hermitage Bay and Pirate’s Bay on the other. Cambelton Battery is a 20-minute up hill walk west of Charlotteville village. It is beautifully maintained and landscaped by the local family who live at the head of the small piece of land on which the battery stands. The tiny rocks and islands located just offshore are ideal for diving as the clear turquoise water is home to coral and various types of fish.

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