Battery 107

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Battery 107 (1942-1948) - Battery 107 was a reinforced concrete, World War II 16 inch coastal gun battery located on the West Reservation of Fort Church, Newport County, Rhode Island. Renamed Battery Gray after Major Quinn Gray. Battery construction started in September 1939, was completed 30 May 1942 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 15 May 1942 at a cost of $ 943,000.00. Deactivated in 1948.

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of Narragansett Bay.

Originally built as a World War II concrete coastal gun battery with two 16" MarkII-M1 guns mounted on M3 casemated Barbette carriages. This battery was a single level battery with the guns located on the same level as the central magazine. Each gun emplacement was casemated with heavy, reinforced concrete overhead protection and earth covering. The central magazine was built between and connecting the gun emplacements so that the powder and shells could be brought directly to the guns using overhead tracks and chain hoists. See 16" Rifle MarkII-M1.


Battery 107 Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 16" Rifle 811" MarkII-M1 79 Bethlehem Casemated Barbette (CBC),
M3, #17, Watertown
1942-1948 See note 1
2 16" Rifle 811" MarkII-M1 94 Bethlehem Casemated Barbette (CBC),
M3, #18, Watertown
1942-1948 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Jun 1942, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 176-177, 204
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery 107 Plan


Current Status

Part of Sakonnet Golf Course, Newport County, Rhode Island. No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Sakonnet Golf Course, Newport County, Rhode Island. Map points approximate.

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.479599 Long: -71.183167

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of Narragansett Bay, (HDNARB-AP-45), 1 Feb 1945, CDSG

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