Battery Maitland

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Battery Maitland (1908-1947) - Battery Maitland was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 6 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Michie, Suffolk County, New York. The battery was named in G.O. 194, 27 Dec 1904, after Bvt. Capt. William S. Maitland (Cullum 259), U.S. Army (1st Lt. 3rd U.S. Artillery), who was drowned 19 Aug 1837. Battery construction started in June 1903, was completed 26 Mar 1908 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 29 April 1908 at a cost of $ 47, 500.00. Deactivated in 1947.

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Long Island Sound.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 6" M1900 guns mounted on M1900 Pedestal carriages. This was a two story battery with the guns on the upper level and the magazines on the lower level. No shell or powder hoists provided. Electric power provided from Battery Palmer emplacement power plant.

Battery Maitland Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 6" Rifle 310.4" M1900 18 Watervliet Pedestal, M1900, #8, Watertown 1908-1947 See note 1
2 6" Rifle 310.4" M1900 17 Watervliet Pedestal, M1900, #7, Watertown 1908-1947 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 15 Jul 1936, 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 96-97, 206
Note 1: Guns & carriages recommended for salvage 26 Nov 1946. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Maitland Plan


World War I

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 gun of Battery Maitland were not affected by the World War I redistribution or the following 1920 disarmament program.

World War II

The guns and carriages of Battery Maitland were recommended for salvage 26 Nov 1946 and the battery was declared excess in April 1947.

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Great Gull Island, Suffolk County, New York.

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.201503 Long: -72.119086

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of Long Island Sound, (HDLIS-AN-45), 15 Feb 1945, CDSG

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