From a photograph in my collection:
The Wolfe Island Ferry, with the Shoal Tower, one of the four Martello Towers guarding the Royal Naval Dockyards;
the strategic entrances to two great Rivers; and the Great Lakes.
Hotly contested for centuries, this vital strategic intersection of waterways prompted Lord Wellington, himself deep in the stratagems of the world-wide Napoleonic Wars, to declare in 1813:
“Whosoever controls the Great Lakes, controls Canada.
This is a naval war.”
And so began a naval arms race from 1812-1814 that saw the Royal Navy at Kingston complete the largest warship in all the world:
HMS ST LAWRENCE
With her launching, America sued for peace.
These Towers, and the great Fortress Henry, were built soon after.
They yet stand, to this hour.
They have never fired a shot in hostility, a lesson in ‘peace through strength.’
The fraternal association of the English-speaking peoples, with our shared language, law, traditions, and even blood-ties;
our shared dangers, too - deeper, darker dangers - has overpowered our former sibling animosity, so that these fortresses stand as relics to a less-enlightened age, but as lessons too:
a reminder that peace requires eternal vigilance.
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