— Fort Pickens —On the brink of war with Spain after the USS "Maine" battleship was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba, in February 1898, the U.S. Army installed a minefield in the Pensacola Harbor entrance. Leaving a 1000-foot opening, the Corps of Engineers placed two booms—across the channel from Santa Rosa Island and Period Key. Buoyant and underwater mines were laid behind the booms. A searchlight swept the minefield. The system remained in force until a major hurricane damaged facilities in 1926, and the U.S. Navy took over Pensacola's underwater defenses.
|Placed By||The National Park Service, Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16R E 472071 N 3355211|
|Decimal Degrees||30.32840000, -87.29053333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 19.704', W 87° 17.432'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 19' 42.24" N, 87° 17' 25.92" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1402-1404 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach FL 32561, US|
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