Panama Mount

Panama Mount (HM1B19)

Location: Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Baldwin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 13.685', W 88° 1.406'

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After World War I, the versatile M1918M1 gun and its M1918A1 carriage were adapted for coast defense. Although the gun could be traversed over a wider range than other large guns of the period, it was still unable to adequately track moving targets. This deficiency was rectified by the development during the 1920's of circular concrete gun emplacements in the Panama Canal Zone.

When emplaced on these simple, inexpensive, Panama mounts, the 155mm GPF was effective alternative to older more complex coast defense weapons emplaced in large concrete batteries such as Battery Duportail's 12-inch "Disappearing Rifles."

During World War II, two Battery F, 50th Coast Artillery's 155mm GPF's were mounted on two Panama mounts that were constructed on top of Fort Morgan. The emplacement located on Bastion #4 is the last Panama mount at Fort Morgan.
HM NumberHM1B19
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 401516 N 3344502
Decimal Degrees30.22808333, -88.02343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 13.685', W 88° 1.406'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 13' 41.10" N, 88° 1' 24.36" W
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Area Code(s)251
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores AL 36542, US
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