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Archive for October, 2012

Hill 640 Military Reservation

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Hill 640 fire control stations with Stinson Beach in the distance. As coastal artillery guns became larger, and their range increased, growing demands were placed on the fire control systems that targeted potential naval targets. By World War II the 16” guns of Battery Townsley and Battery Davis could fire a projectile 25 miles to […]

Gun #386 arrives at Battery Townsley

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

The 16″ gun being moved to its cradle adjacent to Battery Townsley, and the serpentine path it took to get there.(stitched panorama) On October 1, 2012 I spent an interesting day out at the Marin Headlands watching the ingenious riggers of the Bigge Crane & Rigging Company move a 16” gun up the hill to […]