Battery 214

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Battery 214 (1944-1947) - Battery 214b was a reinforced concrete, World War II 6 inch coastal gun battery on Fort H.G. Wright at Wilderness Point, Fishers Island, Suffolk County, New York. Battery construction started on 2 Apr 1943, was completed on 23 May 1944 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 7 Aug 1944 at a cost of $ 7 Aug 1944. Deactivated in 1947.

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of Long Island Sound.

Originally built as a World War II concrete coastal gun battery for two 6" T2-M1 rapid fire guns mounted on M4 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.

The M4 carriages were delivered in 1943 but the two 6" M1 guns were never delivered and the battery was never armed. The battery was accepted for service on 7 Aug 1944 even though it was not complete and the delivery of the gun tubes had been indefinitely deferred. The battery was declared excess 30 Ap 1947 and the two M4 carriages were scrapped 18 Dec 1947.

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 214b Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 6" Rifle 309.9" T2-M1 ? Unknown Shielded Barbette (SBC),
M4, #49, York
1944-1947 See note 1
2 6" Rifle 309.9" T2-M1 ? Unknown Shielded Barbette (SBC),
M4, #50, York
1944-1947 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, Aug 1944, 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, 206
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery 214 Plan

Current Status

House built on top of battery. No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Wilderness Point, Fishers Island, Suffolk County, New York.

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.255416 Long: -71.997217


  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of Long Island Sound, (HDLIS-AN-45), 15 Feb 1945, CDSG


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