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Notre Dame Bay Region ~ Fogo District

Historical Information

Fogo Battery

This information was transcribed by DON BENNETT, 2001. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be typographical errors.
Six cannons were installed at Fogo in 1771 as a defense against American and French privateers. They were set up at Garrison Point on the North Side, and Wigwam Point.

Jeremiah Coughlan, the merchant who operated the fishery business on Wigwam Point, was appointed Naval Officer Reservist and given the finances to recruit a defense militia from the local fishermen.

After the American Revolution started in 1776, American privateers, and privateers of their French allies began raiding the coast trying to capture ships and their cargoes.

In 1779 there was a raid on Twillingate and one of Slade's ships was captured at Battle Harbour, Labrador. 5 privateers were captured by the Royal Navy in the Fogo area in 1780.

The cannons were activated 1812 because of the war between US and Britain.

Cannon's at Garrison Point overlooking Barnes Island and Western Tickle.

Photos by Arlene Bennett

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Fogo District