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Fort Jefferson - the moat
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Moat walkway at Fort Jefferson

Moat walkway at Fort Jefferson

It is possible to walk all the way around Fort Jefferson by using this paved path bounding the moat. Snorkelers can also make an unobstructed half circle, between South Swim Beach and North Swim Beach.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park , Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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Snorkelers circle Fort Jefferson outside the moat

Snorkelers circle Fort Jefferson outside the moat

Snorkelers can follow the moat wall around the fortress, or venture further out onto the coral reef. This is at the bastion between the short southwest and long west wall. The Dry Tortugas Light can be seen (zoom in) on Loggerhead Key three miles away.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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West wall of Fort jefferson

West wall of Fort jefferson

The west wall shows both deteriorated and repaired sections of the brickwork. Some sections of the fort seen here are now used as housing for park service staff and researchers.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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Repaired north wall of Fort Jefferson

Repaired north wall of Fort Jefferson

This north wall of the fort has had the gun embrasures repaired and fitted with Totten shutters to resemble the original construction. Corrosion of the iron hinges and frames was a major factor in deterioration of the fort's brickwork.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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North Swim Beach from the moat walkway

North Swim Beach from the moat walkway

The structure seen here at the end of North Swim Beach is part of the North Coaling Dock where naval vessels could be refueled.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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East side moat at Fort Jefferson

East side moat at Fort Jefferson

The east side of the fort is bordered by a small strip of natural vegetation. Note the small square casemate holes on the first tier, and the large openings of the unfinished second tier gunrooms. The Yankee Freedom is seen in one direction and North Swim Beach in the other.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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