Battery Duane

Battery Duane (HMEAL)

Location: Virginia City, NY 10305 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.254', W 74° 3.342'

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Fort Wadsworth

— Gateway Nat'l Rec Area —

Crumbling over time, these concrete platforms mark where large guns once guarded New York Harbor. In the late 1800s, a Glacis Mortar Battery - once located just beyond these ruins - could lob projectiles onto enemy ships entering the Narrows below, although no vessels ever dared.

Battery Duane, built here in 1895-97 as part of the Endicott Coastal Defense System, replaced the mortar battery with five 8-inch-diameter rifled guns. Mounted on "disappearing" carriages, these cannon recoiled behind this concrete wall when fired.

Within ten years, longer-range weapons outdated Battery Duane's guns and they were removed in 1915. Today, only these broken walls remain.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11:54pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 579890 N 4495253
Decimal Degrees40.60423333, -74.05570000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.254', W 74° 3.342'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 15.24" N, 74° 3' 20.52" W
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Area Code(s)718
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 125 Tompkins St, Virginia City NY 10305, US
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