February 17, 2018

Modern technology opens window into the Thousand Islands 

Fort Haldimand LIDAR Image
2017 LIDAR Image of Fort Haldimand, section circled in white shows about 400 feet of undisturbed outer earthworks.

May 26, 2016

On May 24 and May 25 WWNY TV 7 aired a two part series by reporter John
Moore called "Secrets of Carleton Island."  

The story was initiated by information found on www.forthaldimand.com
with information about the 1970s underwater excavation of a revolutionary war ship and computer models of Fort Haldimand.

Permission to film on Carleton Island was provided by Thousand Islands Land
Trust  [TILT]. Their web site is

Artifacts were displayed and shown through the courtesy of the New York
State Museum

June 5, 2015

A Plan of Fort Haldimand, a composite sketch from historical sources

As part of the effort to develop a computer model of Fort Haldimand a reference sketch has been developed to identify major features with their historical references. Over the next few posts each item in the sketch will be reviewed. This will be the basis of the next model.

February 16, 2015

Lt. James Glenie, one of the key individuals in the construction of Fort Haldimand

The 1988 Syracuse Harold America story  “Retracing a soldiers past" tells of a visit by the great great great grandson of James Glenie to Carleton Island.

Lt. James Glenie was one of the key individuals in the construction of Fort Haldimand.

From: Dictionary of Canadian Biography
In the summer of 1778 Glenie accompanied Lieutenant William Twiss to Oswegatchie (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) and Cataraqui (Kingston, Ont.) in search of a suitable site for a supply depot which Haldimand hoped to establish at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Once Twiss had decided upon Buck Island (N. Y.), which he proposed to rename Carleton Island, he sent Glenie to report to Haldimand, expressing his confidence in him. Haldimand agreed with Twiss’s proposal for a post on Carleton Island, but as soon as the proposed works were well launched Twiss was to leave for Montreal and Glenie would “oversee and carry on that Business in your absence.”
Read more at: http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/glenie_james_5E.html

December 25, 2014

View of the ruins of Fort Haldimand from late nineteenth century post card.

Newspaper clipping at the Thousand Island Museum in Clayton NY shows a view of the remains of Fort Haldimand seen from the glacis with man standing at on the covert-way. Near intact chimneys in background. Image taken in the late nineteenth century.

June 17, 2014

St. Lawrence River Historical Foundation Inc. (http://home.netcom.com/~srhf/) has started a project to build a computer model of Fort Haldimand and the British Military base on Carleton Island in the St Lawrence River in Jefferson County, New York as it was in early 1780’s. St. Lawrence River Historical Foundation Inc is also referred to as SRHF

The remains of Fort Haldimand as viewed today are impressive but only a small portion of what once was one of the most important posts on the Great Lakes during the Revolutionary War. Ravaged by the elements, overgrowth of vegetation, relic hunting, land clearing and natural aging, what remains provided clues to what the base once was.

Using historical documents, first hand accounts and maps, SRHF will compile a physical description of the fort when it was at its prime. Satellite and aerial photograph will be combined with surveys from the 1800's to present refine details. The resulting information will become the basis of the computer model.

The advantage of the computer model is that will not be encumbered by properly access and can be updated easily as new information becomes known. The long term goal will be to make the computer model available either on the internet or at an information center in the Thousand Islands area.

The model building process will involve virtual low detail simulation-based models that will be the basis of an eventual photo realistic rendering solution. The following are some computer simulations used in a project feasibility study.

For more information email info@forthaldimand.com