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Batteries Rathbone & McIndoe, Ft. Barry

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Batteries Rathbone and McIndoe (essentially one battery) are similar in many ways to their Ft. Barry neighbors Batteries Smith and Guthrie. Both sites are late Endicott period projects that served through WW II – a ripe old age for coastal defenses. Both sites featured four emplacements mounting six-inch, rapid-fire guns on barbette carriages. Both sites […]

Battery O’Rorke, Ft. Barry

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

A KAP view of Battery O’Rorke with Rodeo Beach and Ft. Cronkhite in the background, August 2012. In retrospect, it seems the useful life of any particular coastal battery, at least as state-of-the-art defense, was quite limited. Those designing a defense strategy faced regular advances in the offensive capacities of potential naval opponents. The prospect […]

Battery Smith-Guthrie, Ft. Barry

Monday, August 20th, 2012

A sweeping panorama of the Marin Headlands. Battery Smith-Guthrie is visible in the center of the image. The panorama is best when viewed large. Battery Smith-Guthrie, located in the outer reaches of the Marin Headlands, is one of the last of the San Francisco Endicott-era installations. It was situated to have direct lines of fire […]

Battery Chamberlin

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Baker Beach, Ft. Winfield Scott, San Francisco Located on the north end of San Francisco’s Baker Beach at just 45 feet above sea level, this battery was built during the latter part of San Francisco’s Endicott period construction program. Construction began in 1902 and the works were ready for gun installation in 1904. The battery […]