|Entrance to Fort Cornwallis|
Moat acted as a buffer against the invaders
|Former moat seen near the entrance|
To protect the fort against invaders, the British built a moat 9 metres wide and 2 metres deep moat around it. It would hae been a marvellous swimming pool if not for its original use and intent. The moat was eventually filled in around the 1920s as people in the area was struck down by malaria and the stagnant water was surely a breeding ground of mosquitoes . (3) (4)
Highlights of the Fort
There was a signboard to say that some areas of the fort were under maintenance. That was well and good as some of the information boards were crumbling and the words on them could hardly be seen. Located in the fort are a chapel, a prison cell and an ammunition storage area.
Cannons of Fort Cornwallis
|The Seri Rambai Cannon points out towards the sea|
"Sri Rambai Cannon was one of the most famous cannons and was put on board a long wooden boat facing the North Channel by the Japanese in 1941. It had the Dutch East India Company symbol and dated 1613... In 1871, a British boat sailed in(to) Kuala Selangor and was attacked by pirates. The boat was sunken (sunk) and after that two boats were sent to destroy the city in Kuala Selangor."
Some critical information were missing. i.e. How did the cannon end up in Kuala Selangor?
|The Seri Rambai Cannon from different angles|
The cannon has intricately carved symbols and writings - both Dutch (VOC Symbol) and Jawi scripts. The cannon also sees lion carvings and eel-like handle bars.
Forts in Singapore
Malacca, Penang and Singapore were all under the British Straits Settlement and thus share many similarities. One of which are forts that the British has established to protect their foreign soil. In Singapore, there were Fort Siloso, Fort Canning, Fort Pasir Panjang and Fort Tanjong Katong. But in comparison, none are as complete as Fort Cornwallis.