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ST. CATHERINE'S FORT, TEN-BY. The works of this buildtn«r are now far advanced tfiff first storey is nearly completed', and were it not for, iNO delay occasioned by the slow supply of dressed stonegio the masonry would be much farther advanced. As a preliminary step towards erecting this fortifica- tion, the surface coveringand rock were deeply exeavated, in order that by building within the excavated portion the lowest storey of the fort miglit be fully sbeltur&d-froU* the shot. On the south side the walls of the fortification are built of immense blocks of granite, some of which :?eigh as much as seven ton?. On this side will be placed four guns, probably 100-pounders; the embrasures wiii b0 protected by iron shields, 8 inches thick and 7 feet square. On the east lies the magaaine; area, 24 feet by 15 H et; height 10 feet six inches; to contain 444 barrels of powder. H re also are two sliding hatches and a shell lift. On the north-east is a iarga artillery store and powder lift. On the west or entrance end, the officers' quarters are situated also the soldiers', cook-house, and large coal and barrack stores. On the north side a large samson is- now being built to facilitate the creation of the defences' of that part of the island. Here it is. intended to place four guns. In addition to the defences already enumerated, on the north and south sides a counterscarp wall will be built, 9 feet thick also on the edneof the island, on some parts, are erected rubble masonry walls. The plans for this fortification were prepared by Col. Jervois, and are being carried out under the able superintendence of Captain Frederick Clements, R.E, and bis skilful assistant, Sergeant Gihhs, the contractor being Mr George Thomas, of Pembroke and renbv. In going over the building we paid particular attention to the quality of the materials and workmanship, both of which were excellent, the granite in particular. We have no hesitation in staling that, so far, the works reflect great credit upon all connected with them. Thedressed .stones and bricks necessary for the are conveyed in ships to the north, side of the island, whence they are transported by means of a powerful crane to the island. Down the side of th cliff a tram- way has been constructed; the trams- are worked up and down this line by means of a steam engine. A railway has also been laid down for the conveyance of materials to different parts of the island. The fort when finished, in case of war, will be gar" risoned by about one hundred men,, and will be defended by eleven guns. It is intended to prevent the landing of a hostile force here, in the event of a contemplated attack on Pembroke Dockyard.


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