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- Fort Barry: Battery
- 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 wouldn't be effective against
attacks by aircraft. As a result the fortification was abandoned
- Construction 129 is only a project number.
The battery was never officially named or manned.
of Battery Construction 129, 1944
- Drawings courtesy of
Construction 129 Today
- Battery Construction
129 in 2014. The Battery Commander's Station as well as the Battery
Control Area for Nike Missile Site SF-87 is located atop of the
mountain between the gun emplacements. Trees were perviously
removed as part of a historical vegetation restoration program.
Image courtesy of the Coast Defense Study Group.
Battery Commander's Station in 2014. Battery Control Area for
Nike Missile Site SF-87 was located behind this structure. Image
courtesy of the Coast
Defense Study Group.
- Entrance to Battery
Construction 129, October 2000
- Entrance to Emplacement
1. October 2000. Trees have since been removed as part of a historical
vegetation restoration program.
- Interior of Emplacement
1, still ready to receive its gun. October 2000
- Emplacement 2, October
2000. Trees have since been removed as part of a historical vegetation
- Updated 18 March 2014