Battery Bruff

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Battery Bruff (1919-1920) - Battery Bruff was a reinforced concrete, Taft Period 5 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Funston, San Francisco County, California. The battery was named after Col. Lawrence L. Bruff (Cullum 2595), Ordnance Department, who died 4 Aug 1911, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Battery construction started in 1917, was completed in 1918 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 30 Jan 1919 at a cost of $ 3,572.16. Deactivated in 1920.

World War I (1917-1918)

Part of the Harbor Defense of San Francisco.

Originally built as a temporary Taft Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 5" M1900 guns mounted on M1903 pedestal carriages. Funds for the construction were allocated 17 Feb 1917. Both guns and carriages were furnished from Battery Sherwood, Fort Winfield Scott, in 1918. This was a small single story battery with some wooden construction including an earth covered wooden repository for ammunition storage. The guns were removed in 1921 and the carriages were ordered scrapped in 1920.

Battery Bruff Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 5" Rifle 258.5" M1900 2 Watervliet Pedestal Barbette, M1903, #16, Morgan 1918-1920 See note 1
2 5" Rifle 258.5" M1900 13 Watervliet Pedestal Barbette, M1903, #17, Morgan 1918-1920 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Sep 1923, 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 90-91, 214
Note 1: Guns and carriages both probably shipped to Fort Funston 18 Jun 1918. Guns transferred to Watervliet 10 Feb 1921, carriages scrapped 13 Dec 1920. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Bruff Plan

Current Status

Part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area (GGNRA) administered by the National Park Service. No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Map Point approximate. Fort Funston, California

Maps & Images

Lat: 37.7140582 Long: -122.5008202



Visited: 24 Aug 2009

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