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Fort Barry: Battery Construction 129
 
Despite its imposing appearance, Battery Construction 129 was never used or completed. It was to be armed with two 16-inch guns mounted. Each gun with its carriage weighed over 1-million pounds and could accurately fire a 2,100 pound shell a distance of 27 miles. This fortification was to have been the highest battery in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Construction began in 1942. The two guns were to be mounted in the face of the hill, tunneled out to retain a natural appearance and to provide protection from air attack. However, all the work was stopped in 1944, shortly after its guns arrived for mounting. The Army had found that weapons like those at this and similar batteries wounldn't be effective against attacks by aircraft. As a reult the fortification was abandoned
 
Construction 129 is only a project number. The battery was never officaly named or manned.
 

 
Layout of Battery Construction 129, 1944
 
 
 
 
Drawings courtesy of Mark Bernow
 

Battery Contruction 129 Today
Entrance to Battery Construction 129, October 2000
Entrance to Emplacement 1. October 2000
Interior of Emplacement 1, still ready to receive its gun. October 2000
Emplacement 2, October 2000
 

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