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Cockburn’s Battery

The Fortifications of St Helena and Cockburn’s Battery.

Rear Admiral Cockburn was Captain of the Northumberland, the ship that brought Napoleon to St Helena. He believed that the fortifications at Old Woman’s Valley were insufficient, and so chose Egg Island to construct the new battery that would take his name.

Cockburn’s Battery is unique amongst the fortifications of St Helena. It is both the only off-shore fortification of the island and one of the only batteries constructed during the period of Napoleon’s exile.

(Shot Kiln at Cockburn's Battery)