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  1. Battery Mendell

    Fort Barry is a 1908 army post that protected San Francisco with a line of gun batteries perched along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is one of three historic military posts located in the Marin Headlands. It houses 5 batteries along with the Nike missile site. Construction started on Battery Mendell in summer 1901. It was constructed of concrete partially buried behind a thick wall of earth. It did not provide for any covering or overhead protection for the guns because aerial attack wasn't yet considered a threat. The purpose of Battery Mendell was to fire 1,100 pound artillery shells at enemy ships up to eight miles away. It was outfitted with a pair of 12 inch guns on "disappearing carriages". When the guns were ready to fire, they would rise into position, fire a single shot and then recoil down and out of sight for reloading, keeping guns and soldiers hidden. It was raining and foggy the day my brother and I decided to visit. We only got as far as Battery Mendell and Battery Wallace before the heavens opened up and we decided to head into downtown San Francisco to drown our sorrows over a beer (or two). \ Looking towards Battery Wallace from Battery Mendell Battery Wallace is part of Fort Barry and the harbour defence of San Francisco. Construction started in 1917 and completed in 1921. It was named after Colonel Elmer J Wallace of the Coast Artillery Corps and housed two 12 inch guns mounted on concrete pads with a 360 degree field of fire. On the day we visited, only one side was accessible.
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