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Boston WW2, harbor islands ruins/bunkers.

Article about: Hey guys! So I went out this week kayaking into the Boston harbor, to explore some of the islands WW2 bunkers/barracks and gun emplacements. Meant protect the city from possible U-boats/air

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    Quote by guns ltd View Post
    great Thread. I didn't know any of these places Were still around.
    Thanks for sharing.


    John
    Thanks John! Still more places, I will go to them when I get the time.
    Last edited by Dannyjunkfish; 09-03-2015 at 06:04 PM.

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    Hey guys!

    Did some more exploring, of Boston's World War Two harbor defenses.

    My first stop is Nahant, This was one of the most heavily defended places in Boston. The location of the island made it a prime place to be fortified. What is left today of Nahants fortifications consists of,

    Two gun battery's

    Two 16" battery's. 'John B Murphy battery' (red X on my map)

    Two 12" battery's. 'Augustus P Gardner battery' (green X on my map).

    Two platforms for 155mm gun positions.

    Found some photos of the correct size battery's, to give you an idea of the size them.

    The two small buildings on the water are a power station. And a naval operations building/Indicator Loop Receiving Station (a highly secret method to detect submarines that relied on magnetic properties of submarines and surface vessels is the anti-submarine indicator loop. These loops of cable are laid on the ocean floor in shipping channels and when a submarine passes overhead an induced current is produced and this is detected on the galvanometers at the nearby shore station. Even if wiped or degaussed, submarines still have sufficient magnetism to produce a small current in a loop.) so the wire that you see, that I pick up is actually part of the indicator cable!

    Three fire control towers (towers meant to direct fire towards enemy ships/U-boats).



    Most of the bunkers have either been destroyed, blocked off, or used by the DPW and a school.
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    Last edited by Dannyjunkfish; 09-10-2015 at 11:35 PM.

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    I also went over to Winthrop, to visit the last motor pit of battery 'Sanford Kellogg'. The bunkers are used by the DPW.

    (Blue X on my map) green X is Nahant's 12" battery's.
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    To give you an idea of the mine field.
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    Hey guys!

    Straying away from Boston this time. Went to fort Rutman, civil war fort, that was manned during WW2. The bunkers where built in the 1890's to the early 1900's and manned during WW2. Has a Sherman tank to remember the terribly disastrous Exercise Tiger.

    Also since I was in the area, I went fort Phoenix. One of the last Revolutionary war forts still standing.
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    Hey guys,

    Did some more exploring of New England's WWII defenses.

    First stop, a peninsula in Westport, MA. There are two U-boat watch towers, built during WWII.
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    Second stop, a peninsula in Westerly, RI. Fort Mansfield, some info from the wiki. "A fatal design flaw was found. Any attacking vessel could approach Fort Mansfield from a “dead angle” along the Rhode Island coast. The fort was removed from the list of active coastal artillery posts in 1909. By 1911 only 18 men were left to man the post. That dropped to six men in 1916 and that small contingent remained until 1926 when the government placed the land up for sale."
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    Third stop, Jamestown, RI. Fort Getty, was a huge WWII barracks. The camp sites today are built on many of the foundations of the barracks. Pillboxes and bunkers remain today.
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    Last stop for today, Jamestown, RI. Fort Wetherill, biggest fort in RI. Had a huge amount of guns and was the mine control center. The cables in the bunkers are actually the cables for the mines. The big pile of rusty metal parts is to a cart to transport the mines.
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    More Fort Wetherill.
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