Fort Amherst below Signal Hill at the Narrows in St, John's, Newfoundland.
From Cabot Tower at the top of Signal Hill, Fort Amherst beckons from far below near sea level on the opposite side of the Narrows.
Curiosity has been aroused to the point where pursuit of investigating the remains of Fort Amherst can no longer be delayed. A brief stop in St. John's for cold beverages provides Mélanie the opportunity to pursue hidden treasure at a yard sale.
The drive around St. John's Harbour takes Water Street past Victoria Park, a left turn over the bridge and Southside Road east past a mix of residential and commercial property, then beneath the stone quarry cliffs and a plethora of seafaring vessels to a small parking area.
The walk on the road continues through an old, but established, residential area hanging from the hill above.
On the harbor side, the first discovery is the sparse remnant of Frederick's Battery tucked into a picturesque cove and documented with a historical placard.
The area is fenced to protect people from injury but we are able to find a way to tour the old ruins safely.
A stiff, fresh, salt air breeze is blowing towards us from the Atlantic Ocean and multiple blues and greens create dynamically changing turquoise highlights in the white surf pounding rhythmically against rock below.
Mélanie and I climb the stairs to the 1951 lighthouse and, on the way, pass a winch, installed in 1950 and powered by a 5 HP Acadia engine. Combined with cable and pulleys, the winch hauled construction supplies for the present lighthouse which began operation a year later.
Subsequently the winch was used to lift supplies from shoreline for the lighthouse and the Keeper's home. This motorized system replaced an old tramway and trolley which hauled supplies up from shoreline using a manually operated winch.
On the walk back along the road to the car, Mélanie and I decide to tackle hiking a short distance on the East Coast Trail.
There are virtually endless recreational opportunities. Life is too short.