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Author Topic: The Guns of Fort Hancock  (Read 801 times)
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« on: October 19, 2007, 11:40:49 pm »

If you are interested in Victorian Militaria, and happen to be in the New York City area, try to visit Fort Hancock, in the Sandy Hook National Park i(New Jersey).  It is an old coastal defense installation, consisting of artillery and mortar batteries that protected the approaches to New York Harbor.  It was active from the aftermath of the Revolutionary War through the cold war, during which it hosted a Nike missile battery.

The fort is undergoing slow restoration, including the turn-of -the-centory officers' quarters, and the various artillery installations.  Among the most interesting is Battery Potter, which consisted of two 12 inch cannons.  These were steam-powered lift guns:  The battery included an enormous steam engine and boilers, which powered elevators that lifted the guns into firing position, then lowered them into the reinforced battery for reloading. 

Here's a link with some decent pictures:  http://www.geocities.com/nycforts/SandyHook.html
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