Battery 210

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Battery 210 (1945-1947) - Battery 210 was a reinforced concrete, World War II 6 inch coastal gun battery on Mishaum Point Military Reservation, Bristol County, Massachusetts. Battery construction started in 1943, was completed and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use in 1945. Deactivated in 1947.

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of New Bedford.

Originally built as a World War II concrete coastal gun battery with two 6" T2-M1 rapid fire guns mounted on M3 Shielded Barbette Carriages (SBC) placed on either side of an earth covered reinforced concrete magazine and support structure. Power was supplied by internal generators and commercial power.

6" Gun at Fort Columbia Originally at Fort McAndrew, Battery 281, Argentia, NL, Canada
These 6" World War II coastal gun batteries were designed to replace obsolete Endicott Period Batteries. Of the 87 planned only 45 were completed and many of those were not completed until late in the war (1944-1945).

The 6" guns fired a 105 pound armor-piercing projectile with a range of over 15 miles at a rate of up to 5 rounds per minute. The gun crews were protected by a thick shield around the gun. Only six of these guns remain in the world, two at Fort Columbia in Battery 246, two at Fort Pickens in Battery 234, and two at Fort McAndrew in Battery 282 in Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

6" Gun Crew

Battery 210 Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
? 6" Rifle 309.9" T2-M1 6 Watervliet Shielded Barbette (SBC),
M3, #5, Watertown
1945-1947 See note 1
? 6" Rifle 309.9" T2-M1 7 Watervliet Shielded Barbette (SBC),
M3, #6, Watertown
1945-1947 See note 1
Source: Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 104-105, 204
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA

Current Status

The battery still exists but is covered by a private home, no public access. No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Fort Mishaum Point Military Reservation, Bristol County, Massachusetts

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.515133 Long: -70.953891


  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of New Bedford, (CC-SUP-NEWB-43), 1 Feb 1945, CDSG


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