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Fort Amherst is a small community within St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is located at 47°33′48.96″N 52°40′49.60″W / 47.5636°N 52.680444°W / 47.5636; -52.680444Coordinates: 47°33′48.96″N 52°40′49.60″W / 47.5636°N 52.680444°W / 47.5636; -52.680444, on the southern side of The Narrows, the entrance to St. John's harbour. Apart from some family dwellings, Fort Amherst consists of a man-made harbour,[1] a lighthouse[2] and the remains of gun emplacements built during World War II to defend against German U-boats.[3]

Fort Amherst, showing the lighthouse and WWII fortifications, as seen fron Signal Hill

The original fortifications at Fort Amherst, built in the 1770s, are no longer visible.[3] The fortifications were named for William Amherst[4], who successfully recaptured St. John's from French forces in 1762 [5]

The name is shared with Port La-Joye / Fort Amherst in Prince Edward Island and Fort Amherst in England.

The first lighthouse in Newfoundland was built at Fort Amherst in 1810.[6]. The current lighthouse was built in 1951.[2]




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