Defense System

Defense System (HM16IH)

Location: Hull, MA 02045 Suffolk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.242', W 70° 55.746'

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Fort Warren-Georges Island

— Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area —

From this vantage point it is possible to see the principal elements of Ft. Warren's defense system. These are based on the 17th century, military theories developed by Louis XIV's chief engineer, Sebastien de Vauban, and were modified to meet 19th century requirement. In theory, and attacking ship would be pounded by heavy fire from the ramparts. The fort's earthen coverface and escarpments would absorb enemy fire from the channel. Any landing party would be raked by fire from outworks such as the coverface. If the enemy reached the moat they would be caught in a crossfire between cannon mounted in the flak walls of the bastions and rifle fire from the curtain wall.

(Inscription above the title) Cross-section of Ft. Warren's Civil War defense system

HM NumberHM16IH
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 1:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 341038 N 4687186
Decimal Degrees42.32070000, -70.92910000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.242', W 70° 55.746'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 14.52" N, 70° 55' 44.76" W
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Area Code(s)781
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Hull MA 02045, US
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