Saturday, September 29, 2012

O'Hara's Battery - Gibraltar

Named after General Charles O'Hara, Governor of Gibraltar from 1795-1802, there was originally a look out tower at the point we now call O'Hara's Battery.

The Governor believed if such a tower was built it would enable the Garrison to see Cadiz harbour and any ships heading towards Gibraltar.

After it was built and his theory was dashed it became known as O'Hara's Folly. The battery is the highest point of Gibraltar at 426 meters (1400ft approx). It was last fired in 1976.

From a large set of 13 stamps with birds from Gibraltar: the Woodchat Shrike and the Eurasian Hoopoe.  


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