Battery 155 - Odiornes Point

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Battery 155 - Odiornes Point (1942-1944) - Battery 155 - Odiornes Point was a temporary, World War II, 155mm coastal gun battery on Panama mounts. Located on Fort Dearborn (4), Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Battery construction started 8 Apr 1942, was completed 30 Apr 1942 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 8 Jul 1942 at a cost of $ 16,952.34. Deactivated in 1944.

Battery 155 - Odiornes Point, Emplacement #2 Remains
Battery 155 - Odiornes Point, Emplacement #3 Remains
Battery 155 - Odiornes Point Emplacement #1 Remains

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Originally built as a temporary World War II coastal gun battery with four 155mm M1918MI rapid fire guns mounted on M1918MI Mobile Carriages, emplaced on circular Panama mounts. Four separate 11' by 12' magazine structures were completed on 2 Sep 1942 and turned over for service 18 Nov 1942. The guns and mobile carriages were withdrawn in 1944 as the new World War II batteries came on line. The Panama mounts remained in place and can be seen today.

155mm M1918 Gun at Fort Morgan
Panama Mount at Fort Pickens


Battery 155 - Odiorne Point Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 155mm Rifle 240" M1918MI 872 Minneapolis Mobile, M1918MI, #572, Minneapolis 1942-1944
2 155mm Rifle 240" M1918MI 783 Minneapolis Mobile, M1918MI, #694, Minneapolis 1942-1944
3 155mm Rifle 240" M1918MI 1080 Minneapolis Mobile, M1918MI, #328, Minneapolis 1942-1944
4 155mm Rifle 240" M1918MI 235 Minneapolis Mobile, M1918MI, #746, Minneapolis 1942-1944
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Nov 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 190-191
Battery 155 - Odiorne Point Plan


Current Status

Part of Odiornes Point State Park, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. No period guns in place but the remains of three of the Panama mounts can be seen.


Location: Odiornes Point State Park, Rockingham County, New Hampshire

Maps & Images

Lat: 43.0425845 Long: -70.7126319

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project, Harbor Defenses of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, (CCA-P-PCC), 1945, CDSG

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