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Fort Barry: Batteries Samuel Rathbone and James McIndoe
 
Battery Rathbone in action. Image courtesy of Chuck Wofford
 
Battery Samuel Rathbone was the second six inch barbette battery at Fort Barry and was also armed with Model 1900 weapons, serial numbered 19, 29, 33, and 34. These were manufatured by the Watervliet Arsenal. They were mounted on Model 1900 barbette carriages serial numbered 42, 43, and 44 from the Builders Iron Foundry and serial number 26 from the Waterlievt Arsenal. War Department General Order 194 dated 27 December 1904, named the battery in honor of Lieutenant Sanual B. Rathbone, U.S. Artillerists, who died of wounds received in the attack on Queenstown Heights, Upper Canada in 1812.
 
In 1922, Battery Rathbone was divided for better management of the weapons, and the two guns on the left flank were named for James F. McIndoe, an engineer officer who served in France as a brigadier general, where he died in 1918.
 
During World War II the guns from these two batteries were used to defend the minefields outside the Golden Gate from minesweepers.
 
The battery was inactivated in 1945 and its guns scrapped in 1948.
 
 
M1900 six-inch rapid-fire gun

 
Layout of Batteries Rathbone and McIndoe, 1943
 
 
 
 
Drawings courtesy of Mark Bernow

Batteries Rathbone and McIndoe Today
 
Photos taken October 2000
 
 

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