Sentry Of The Harbor

Silently I stand and wait795px-Fort_Gorges_-_2
At ready to vituperate
Those who choose to test my might
And the flames of war ignite
At peril of their fate

Try thee not my granite wall 
Lest thunder from my cannon fall 
Upon you that attempt to pass
Mount your challenge and alas
Answer Poseidon’s call

 Fort Gorges, named for the colonial proprietor of Maine, sits on Hog Island at the entrance to Portland harbor.  Construction began in 1861 at the outset of the Civil War.  It is similar in size and construction to Fort Sumter, except it is built of granite instead of brick.  The Fort’s armament consisted of thirty-four 10-inch Rodman guns mounted in the fort’s encasement’s. It was built in support of Fort Preble on the banks of South Portland on one side, and Fort Scammel on House Island on the other.  Any ship attempting to enter the harbor had to sail between two forts, making the harbor close to impenetrable.   However, it was not completed until 1865 as the war ended.  Modern explosives made it obsolete by the time it was completed.  In 1898 all of guns were removed except one 10-inch Parrott rifle em-placed at the top of the fort which remains today as one of the largest surviving specimens of Civil War vintage artillery.


About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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