Battery Honeycutt

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Battery Honeycutt (1898-1942) - Battery Honeycutt was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 8 inch coastal gun battery on Fort McKinley, Great Diamond Island, Cumberland County, Maine. The battery was named in G.O. 43, 4 Apr 1900, after Captain John T. Honeycutt, 6th U.S. Artillery, a distinguished artillerist, who died 12 Oct 1898, of typhoid fever contracted in the faithful performance of duty in the field. Battery construction started in 1898, was completed in 1901 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 22 Jan 1901 at a cost of $ 96,385.61. Deactivated in 1942.

Battery Honeycutt Shell Lift Platform
Battery Honeycutt Internal Room
Battery Honeycutt

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Portland, Maine.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with one 8" M1888MI gun and one 8" M1888MII gun each mounted on a M1896 Disappearing carriage. This was a two story battery with the guns located on the upper level and the magazines below. Shells were moved from the magazine level to the gun loading platform by two Taylor-Raymond front delivery shell hoist. No powder hoists were provided. Electrical power was furnished by the central power plant.

Battery Honeycutt Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 8" Rifle 278.5" M1888MI 19 Watervliet Disappearing, M1896, #21, Pond 1898-1942 See note 1
2 8" Rifle 278.5" M1888MII 21 Bethlehem Disappearing, M1896, #24, Morgan 1898-1942 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 31 Mar 1919, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 110-111
Note 1: Guns transferred to Watervliet 7 & 8 Jun 1943,carriages processed for salvage 15 Dec 1942. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Honeycutt Plan

World War I (1917-1918)

The U.S. entry into World War I resulted in a widespread removal of large caliber coastal defense gun tubes for service in Europe. Many of the gun and mortar tubes removed were sent to arsenals for modification and mounting on mobile carriages, both wheeled and railroad. Most of the removed gun tubes never made it to Europe and were either remounted or remained at the arsenals until needed elsewhere. The two 8" guns of Battery Honeycutt were listed to be dismounted for use abroad but were later ordered retained.

World War II (1941-1945)

Battery Honeycutt was obsolete at the beginning of the war but remained a part of the Harbor Defenses of Portland plan until declared no longer required and ordered salvaged on 6 Nov 1942. The guns were transferred to Watervliet on 7 & 8 Jun 1943 and the carriages were ordered salvaged on 15 Dec 1942.

Current Status

Mostly private property on Great Diamond Island, Cumberland County, Maine. No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Great Diamond Island, Cumberland County, Maine

Maps & Images

Lat: 43.683296 Long: -70.189086


  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FUDS Archives Search Report, Findings, Fort McKinley Military Reservation D01ME042402, December 1994, Portland , ME. Large pdf download
  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of Portland, Maine, (HDPB-AN-45), 11 Apr 1945, CDSG


Visited: 1 Jul 2012

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