Battery Downes

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Battery Downes (1907-1946) - Battery Downes is a reinforced concrete Endicott Period 3- inch gun battery on Fort Flagler, Washington. Named in G.O. 194, 27 Dec 1904, after 1st Lt. Edward Elbert Downes, who served in the 1st U.S. Infantry in the Philippines Operations and died there 23 Jun 1901. Battery construction started in 1904, was completed in 1905, and was transferred to the Coast Artillery for use on 23 Apr 1907 at a cost of $ 12,000. Deactivated in 1918.

Battery Downes

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Puget Sound.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 3" M1903 guns mounted on M1903 pedestal mounts. This is a two story battery with the guns on the upper level and the magazines on the lower level. Each gun had its own magazine located in a central structure between the two guns, a storage area separated the batteries. No powder or shell hoists were provided.

Battery Downes Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 3" Rifle 170" M1903 27 Watervliet Pedestal Mount, M1903, #78, Watertown 1907-1946 See Note 1
2 3" Rifle 170" M1903 16 Watervliet Pedestal Mount, M1903, #79, Watertown 1907-1946 See Note 1
Source: RCW Form 1,1 May 1933, 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 74-75, 216
Note 1: Guns and Carriages processed for salvage March 7, 1946 (CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA)
Battery Downes Plan

World War II

Guns and Carriages were declared obsolete on 18 Oct 1945 and processed for salvage on 7 Mar 1946.

Current Status

A part of Fort Flagler State Park, Jefferson County, Washington. The Battery is accessible to the public and the rooms are clean and dry but empty. No guns or carriages are in place.

Location: Fort Flagler State Park, Jefferson County, Washington.

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Lat: 48.099912 Long: -122.692245

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Fortification ID:

  • WA0038 - Battery Downes

Visited: 21 Sept 2009

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