Battery AMTB 20 - Rockaway Point

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Battery AMTB 20 - Rockaway Point (1943-1946) - Battery AMTB 20 - Rockaway Point was a reinforced concrete, World War II, 3 inch AMTB coastal gun battery on Fort Tilden, New York. Battery construction started 25 Feb 1943, was completed 31 Mar 1943 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 10 Jul 1943 at a cost of $ 5950.00. Deactivated in 1946.

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of Southern New York. The battery had a dual mission of defense against fast enemy motor torpedo boats and enemy aircraft.

Originally built as a World War II concrete coastal gun battery with two 3" M1902MI guns mounted on M1902 pedestal carriages. Two concrete pads for the fixed guns were laid just back of the beach at Rockaway Point, Queens County, New York. The guns and carriages were transferred from emplacements #1 and #2 of Battery Catlin, Fort Wadsworth, on 23 Mar 1942.

Battery AMTB 20 - Rockaway Point Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 30 Bethlehem Pedestal, M1902, #30, Bethlehem 1943-1946 See note 1
2 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 31 Bethlehem Pedestal, M1902, #31, Bethlehem 1943-1946 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 15 Jun 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 72-73, 207
Note 1: Guns and carriages transferred from Fort Wadsworth 23 Mar 1942 and processed for salvage 27 May 1946. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery AMTB 20 - Rockaway Point Plan


Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Rockaway Point, Queens County, New York. Map point approximate.

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.551559 Long: -73.939138

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of New York, (HDNY-AN-44), 1 Sep 1944, CDSG

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