While I may not be active on the forums any more, I still check in on the latest post for anything interesting. Still when I visit a location with naval history, I always like to share my photographs with others.
The pictures below come from Fort Pickens, Florida, USA. Fort Pickens was another masonary coastal defense fort built to protect Pensacola Bay in the 1830's. The fort was completed in 1834 primarily using slave labor from New Orleans, LA. Fort Pickens was held by Union Forces for the entire U.S. Civil War. This allowed Pensacola Bay to be essentially useless for the entire war.
In the 1880's, Fort Pickens like for Fort Morgan & Gaines had new quick firing gun batteries built. In 1890, Bastion D at the fort was destroyed in an magazine explosion. Over the next few decades parts of the original & new batteries were demolished. The last were finally retired during World War 2. Fort Pickens is the only Coastal Fort that still has modern quick firing guns on sight.
The first set of pictures are of Battery Langdon. This location sits about a mile east of the fort and was home to two 12in QF guns. These were the largest QF guns at the fort and were removed in 1914 for use as rail artillery in World War I.
"It was a perfect attack, Right Height, Right Range, Right cloud cover, Right speed,
Wrong f@%king ship!" Commander Stewart-Moore (HMS Ark Royal)