Building Features - Well, Jetty and Kiln
Reconstructing the Past

Features of the island that deserve further investigation are the well, jetty and kilns. The first section shows photographs of the well as it remains today, photographs of similarly constructed wells from other locations with ubiquitous design and finally digital reconstruction of the well and cover.

The second digital reconstruction section shows the hoist at the end of the jetty used for loading and unloading crates, barrels and other supplies from arriving ships. When clicked this image links to the jetty reconstruction page and a comparision between a current photograph and a digital reconstuction of the jetty and castle.

A third section below represents the lime kilns with current photographs and images of other exisitng lime kilns from other locations. A computer aided design (CAD) wireframe of the kiln reconstruction shows constructive elements and a final rendered kiln reconstruction.

The Bunce Island Well is located between the Slave Castle and the Village where two paths intersected. The digital plan located in the top row center identifies the well location. Adjacent to the plan view are current photographic images representing typical well structures and suggest its ubiquitous design detail.

Well images from Bunce Island on this second row show the brick stucture of the well both above and below grade and illustrate the natural growth of two large trees to the northeast and southwest of the well opening.

The two digital reconstruction images of the well on the bottom row illustrate the stoned-lined jetty path leading to the castle and surrounding pavilions. The well is located in the very center of this left image while the right image offers a closer view of the well and covering and to the left the path from the Village to the Slave Castle and into the gate-entry tower.
Well Images from Other Locations and Plan View
Well Images from Bunce Island
Well Digital Reconstructions CAD Images by Chatelain

A plan view below shows the location of the jetty on Bunce Island and its close proximity to the Slave Castle. The recent top photograph of the jetty and castle indicate the view that would be experienced when approaching the island by ships and other water craft. Constructed of local stone and fill, the jettys height would vary depending on tidal change.

As the cursor is moved over the top image, the photograph becomes a digital reconstruction of the same perspective but modified into a typical April, 1805 cloudy day. A hoist was built on the log-clad stone jetty for loading and unloading supplies. A dirt path leads directly to the castle. All trees were removed from the island which allowed the entire fort to come into view with its defensive posture.

The bottom two images demonstrate the prominent location of the jetty and eccential connection to the rest of the world. For slaves the jetty was the last point of departure from land and the African continent. Pavillions and pathways can be observed in the bottom left image.
Jetty Photo and Rendering Comparison  
Jetty location and Digital Reconstruction CAD Images by Chatelain

A plan view below shows the location of the two lime kilns, one small and one larger. This oven/furnace was used for burning oyster shells in order to make lime, an ingredient for the wall plaster and mortor used in wall construction of the slave castle. Constructed of stone and brick, the kilns were close to the village yet within easy reach of the castle.

Similarity of kiln construction is demonstrated in the middle row with an illustrative drawing and two photographs from separate locations.

On the bottom row of images, the wireframe shows the CAD constuctive elements of the kilns, one of which reaches several stories in height. A final digital reconstructive image illustrates the sloped terrain that the kilns were built into and the steep incline to the village.
Kiln Images from Bunce Island
Kiln Images from Other Locations
Kiln Digital Reconstruction CAD images by Chatelain

Slave Castle Recontructed Materials and Textures