Located in the shadows of condo towers, the gentle rumble of traffic along the Gardiner Expressway lays Fort York, one of the few reminders to Toronto’s colonial past as muddy York, the seat of government for Upper Canada. For those who have been following my other photography project related to the War of 1812 have already seen this particular location so I took a different spin, rather than capturing wider angle shots I focused more on the fort’s details. Fort York was established in 1793 under the orders of John Graves Simcoe, and built by the Queen’s York Rangers. In April of 1813 American ships landed troops on the shores their target was York. Troops deployed from the fort and already out on patrol were unable to turn back the intruders quickly falling back to the fort. Seeing the futility of putting up a fight, General Sheafe ordered the retreat to Kingston. In the heat of battle the flag was left flying as the British troops retreated, leaving the grand powder magazine lit on fire. As American troops entered the shattered fort the magazine exploded killing off the commanding General and many troops both American and British. With the British leaving the local militia to handle the surrender the Americans went through and burned the town. A second attack a few months later destroyed the rest of the Fort and the town. When forces finally returned at the end of 1813 the town and the fort was rebuilt and managed to repel a third attack. Today Fort York holds the only surviving examples of War of 1812 era buildings left, the two blockhouses date to 1813, along with 1814 era magazines. Several other buildings are rebuilds of 1815 and later structures based on original plans and original materials found when the Fort was turned over the city after the Military moved into the new Fort York Armouries.
Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Tri-X 400 (400TX)
HC-110 Dil. B 4:30 @ 20C