Battery Fort Point

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Battery Fort Point (1943-1946) - Battery Fort Point was a 3 inch coastal gun battery built during World War II on the top Barbette tier of old Fort Point (3) , San Francisco County, California. Battery construction started 25 Jul 1942, was completed 13 Aug 1942 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 1 Jun 1943 at a cost of $ 1,361.02. Deactivated in 1946.

Battery Fort Point from Above
Battery Fort Point Emplacement # 4


World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of San Francisco.

Originally built as a World War II coastal gun battery on the top Barbette tier of Old Fort Point on Fort Winfield Scott. Armed with four 3" M1902MIMI guns mounted on M1902 Barbette carriages transferred from other batteries in the area. The concrete platforms for the guns were poured on top of U.S. Civil War era gun platforms.

During World War II, Old Fort Point was occupied by about 100 soldiers who manned searchlights and these four rapid-fire 3" guns as part of the protection of a submarine net strung across the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

Battery Fort Point Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 20 Bethlehem Barbette pedestal,
M1902, #20, Bethlehem
1943-1946 See note 1 & 2
2 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 21 Bethlehem Barbette pedestal,
M1902, #21, Bethlehem
1943-1946 See note 1 & 2
3 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 22 Bethlehem Barbette pedestal,
M1902, #22, Bethlehem
1943-1946 See note 1 & 3
4 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 23 Bethlehem Barbette pedestal,
M1902, #23, Bethlehem
1943-1946 See note 1 & 3
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Sep 1923, CDSG, 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, 215
Note 1: Guns and carriages originally from Battery Yates, Fort Baker (1) transferred 1943, processed for salvage 7 Mar 1946 CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Note 2: Ordered re-sited to Old Fort Point 20 Apr 1942
Note 3: Temp relocation to Fort Cronkhite 30 Sep 1942
Battery Fort Point Plan


Current Status

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


Location: Fort Winfield Scott, California

Maps & Images

Lat: 37.8108 Long: -122.4769

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Visited: 23 Aug 2009

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