Beefing Up Defenses

Beefing Up Defenses (HM1INV)

Location: Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Escambia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 19.704', W 87° 17.432'

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— Fort Pickens —

On the brink of war with Spain after the USS "Maine" battleship was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba, in February 1898, the U.S. Army installed a minefield in the Pensacola Harbor entrance. Leaving a 1000-foot opening, the Corps of Engineers placed two booms—across the channel from Santa Rosa Island and Period Key. Buoyant and underwater mines were laid behind the booms. A searchlight swept the minefield. The system remained in force until a major hurricane damaged facilities in 1926, and the U.S. Navy took over Pensacola's underwater defenses.
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 472071 N 3355211
Decimal Degrees30.32840000, -87.29053333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 19.704', W 87° 17.432'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 19' 42.24" N, 87° 17' 25.92" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1402-1404 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach FL 32561, US
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