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Fort Cornwallis

We went to Fort Cornwallis yesterday.


It is a star shaped fort built in 1786 when Captain Sir Francis Light took over the island. The forts original purpose was to protect Penang from pirates. It was built out of coconut wood but later was upgraded to stone and made bigger. We walked around the ramparts, there were lots of cannons on there, the largest one being from the 1600’s. It is called the Seri Rambai Cannon.


Also on the ramparts there is a steel skeletal lighthouse, skeletal meaning having no actual solid body.


The lighthouse is the second oldest in Malaysia, after the Cape Rachado lighthouse in Malacca. The lighthouse on Fort Cornwallis was called the Fort Point Lighthouse, but was renamed the Penang Harbour Lighthouse after a renovation in 1941.