The Mess

The Mess (HM16II)

Location: Hull, MA 02045 Suffolk County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 19.2', W 70° 55.602'

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Fort Warren-Georges Island

— Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area —

"An army marches on its stomach," Napoleon famously said—-a statement that held true at Fort Warren. Soon after its construction, two unfinished casemates (bunkers) in Bastion C were equipped with tables and benches and pressed into service as mess halls. In the early 1900s one casemate was converted into a bakery; the other held kitchen stores. In the Second World War the bakery was changed back into a kitchen and mess hall. When they could, soldiers livened up their plain rations by hooking fish or shooting waterfowl.

(Inscription above the title) The kitchens kept constantly busy to feed the hundreds of men on Georges Island. In addition to this mess hall, Fort Warren had two others. The chimney holes remain in the walls.

HM NumberHM16II
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 2:37am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 341234 N 4687104
Decimal Degrees42.32000000, -70.92670000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.2', W 70° 55.602'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 12.00" N, 70° 55' 36.12" W
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Area Code(s)781
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Hull MA 02045, US
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