Battery O'Flyng

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Battery O'Flyng (1906-1918) - Battery Elijah O'Flyng is a concrete rifled gun battery built at Fort Canby starting in August 1904 and completed in December 1905. It was transferred to the Coast Artillery 27 Feb 1906 at a cost of $39,290. Named for Ensign Elijah O'Flyng, 23rd U.S. Infantry who died 18 Sep 1814 at the siege of Fort Erie during the War of 1812. It is the only Fort Canby battery that faces in towards the Columbia River mouth.

Gun Emplacement #1 Counterweight Well
Outside the Guard Room and Office


Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of the Columbia. A concrete Endicott Period Gun Battery guarding the entrance to the Columbia River with two, M1905 6" rifled guns mounted in M1903 disappearing carriages.

World War I (1917-1918)

The original guns were removed in 1918 and remounted in Battery Harvey Allen. The carriages were sold and removed the same year.

Battery O'Flyng Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 6" Rifle 309.8" M1905 1 Watervliet Disappearing,
M1903, Bethlehem, #84
1906-1918 To Battery Harvey Allen
2 6" Rifle 309.8" M1905 11 Watervliet Disappearing,
M1903, Bethlehem, #85
1906-1918 To Battery Harvey Allen
Source: CDSG
Battery O'Flying Plan


Current Status

The battery is not accessible to the public except for by permission of the Coast Guard. Most of the battery is overgrown but in excellent condition. The rooms are dry and empty, with some clutter. No period guns or carriages are in place.


Location: Battery located at Fort Canby (Cape Disappointment State Park) on the property of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Pacific County, Washington.

Maps & Images

Lat: 46.27694 Long: -124.04754

  • Elevation: 227'

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