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Early-19th century guns mounted on iron garrison carriages and iron traversing platforms, Quebec City

Caption: Early-19th century guns mounted on iron garrison carriages and iron traversing platforms, Quebec City

This array of original British weapons on iron garrison platforms is a sight now found in a only few places in the world. One of them is in the upper batteries overlooking Quebec City. Iron carriages and platforms were not ideal for use in combat, but served quite well for peacetime training. Unlike wooden carriages, iron ones did not rot away, and thus the greater initial expense was justified over a period of decades. The fact that this sort of carriage was used for the fortifications at Quebec City shows just how permanent the work was intended to be.