Battery Reilly (2)

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Battery Reilly (2) (1942-1947) - Battery Reilly (2) was a reinforced concrete, World War II 8 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Church, Newport County, Rhode Island. Named after Henry J. Reilly. Battery construction started on 1 Feb 1941, was completed on 27 Dec 1941 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 5 Jan 1942 at a cost of $ 248,000.00. Deactivated in 1947.

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of Narragansett Bay.

Originally built as a World War II concrete coastal gun battery with two 8" Mark VI M3 guns mounted on M1 Casemated Barbette Carriages (CBC). This battery was a single level battery with the guns located on the same level as the central magazine. Each gun emplacement was casemated with heavy, reinforced concrete overhead protection and earth covering. The central magazine was built between and connecting the gun emplacements so that the powder and shells could be brought directly to the guns using overhead tracks and chain hoists.

Both of the 8" Navy guns were taken from scrapped U.S. battleships, the USS Minnesota and the USS New Hampshire. These ships were scrapped in 1924 in accordance with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. Most of the guns were removed from battleships scrapped under this treaty and some were reused in coastal batteries.

Battery Reillly (2) Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 8" Rifle 369.12" Mark VI M3 A2 205 Bethlehem Casemated Barbette (CBC),
M1, #3, Watertown
1942-1947 See note 1
2 8" Rifle 369.12" Mark VI M3 A2 111 Bethlehem Casemated Barbette (CBC),
M1, #4, Watertown
1942-1947 See note 2
Source: RCW Form 1, 5 Jan 1942, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 114-115, 204
Note 1: Navy gun from USS New Hampshire. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Note 2: Navy gun from USS Minnesota. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Reilly Plan


Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Fort Church, Newport County, Rhode Island

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.475688 Long: -71.171858

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of Narragansett Bay, (HDNARB-AP-45), 1 Feb 1945, CDSG

Links: CDSG

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