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The Illa de Ses Sargantanes is in the centre of the bay of Fornells, dominating its entrance and the central area of anchorage. The tower stands on the northern tip of this small island and was probably one of the last to be built by Captain D’Arcy. It replaced the wooden fort that once stood in the same spot.Tower of Ses Sargantanes Island The Illa de Ses Sargantanes is in the centre of the bay of Fornells, dominating its entrance and the central area of anchorage. The tower stands on the northern tip of this small island and was probably one of the last to be built by Captain D’Arcy. It replaced the wooden fort that once stood in the same spot.
The tower forms an enclosure with the artillery emplacement beneath it and was equipped with three cannon positions. Its design and layout are different to other British towers on Menorca, although the structure is the same, with stone and mortar and vertical lines of masonry reinforcements perpendicular to the parapet. It has no middle floor, so the ground floor was used for accommodating the troops and for storage. This floor was connected to the fighting terrace by a chimney with a movable set of steps.
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Tower of Ses Sargantanes Island

The Illa de Ses Sargantanes is in the centre of the bay of Fornells, dominating its entrance and the central area of anchorage. The tower stands on the northern tip of this small island and was probably one of the last to be built by Captain D’Arcy. It replaced the wooden fort that once stood in the same spot.
The tower forms an enclosure with the artillery emplacement beneath it and was equipped with three cannon positions. Its design and layout are different to other British towers on Menorca, although the structure is the same, with stone and mortar and vertical lines of masonry reinforcements perpendicular to the parapet. It has no middle floor, so the ground floor was used for accommodating the troops and for storage. This floor was connected to the fighting terrace by a chimney with a movable set of steps.


The tower has two adjoining wings on the outside, one facing north and the other facing east, which continue as a broad wall enclosing the artillery position. The entrance doorway to the enclosure is at ground level in the east wing. The north wing has a large fireplace that was probably used to heat cannon balls until they became red hot; they were then fired at the enemy’s wooden ships to set them alight.
On the other side of the island is an old building that was once the officers’ mess. There are two water tanks close by. The white towers are signs for shipping.

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Location: lla de Ses Sargantanes (Ses Sargantanes Island). Fornells Harbour
Town: Es Mercadal
Owned by: Private
Managed by: Private
Telephone:
Website:
Parking:
Hours: NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 
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