Battery Smith-Guthrie, Ft. Barry


Marin Headlands panorama

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 covering the northern shipping lane leading to the Golden Gate Straight, a route running to the landward side of the Potato Patch Shoal.

Battery Smith-Guthrie, Ft. Barry

Battery Smith-Guthrie with Pt. Bonita beyond.

Work on Battery Guthrie began in 1904, construction was essentially complete in 1905, and the battery’s four six-inch, rapid-fire guns were mounted by 1910. Like other Bay Area batteries, Battery Guthrie had guns (2) shipped east in support of World War I. In 1922 the four gun Battery Guthrie was split with the two guns on the left flank returned and were remounted to become Battery Smith.

Battery Smith-Guthrie, Ft. Barry

Plan view of the southernmost gun emplacement.

The National Park Service has put together a pamphlet – the Ft. Barry History Tour – that is a fun read about the development of Ft. Barry. In the current day, this photo session took place on a late August afternoon as the fog was approaching the shore. The wind was a lovely sea breeze at around 12 – 15 mph.

Here is a set of images from the session that I have posted to Flickr:




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