|St. Croix at House Island Pier|
|Fort Scammel, West Bastion (left), South Bastion (center), East Bastion (right)|
|East Bastion Stone Steps to Lower Level|
The tour goes through the Sallyport directly to the tunnel mouth leading into the east bastion of the fort. The two major bastions, one on the east side (2 story) and one on the west side (1 story), were original designed to be one story taller than they are and open in the back. The design was modified to reduce them by one story and to fully enclose them along with their magazines. The mix of construction types and material is very interesting and the effect on entry through the tunnel is that you are in a castle dudgeon.
|East Bastion Casemates|
The tour exits the east bastion at it's top and continues along the parapet of the fort until it reaches the parade ground. From there we made our way past the incomplete north bastion back to the administration building and the boat dock. By the time we returned to Long Wharf over three hours had passed.
|Fort Scammel Parade|
|View of East Bastion and Casco Bay |
The fort and the island are currently listed for sale for $4.85 million. Hopefully any new owners will be as great a steward of the island as Hal and Karen.
Visit the Fort Scammel Page on FortWiki.com for more information and pictures.