Battery Alexander Historical

Battery Alexander Historical (HM1XW1)

Location: Sausalito, CA 94965 Marin County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 49.56', W 122° 31.722'

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Raining fire from the sky

Battery Alexander, fully armed by 1906, mounted eight 12-inch mortars designed to fire shells in a high arc - up and then down onto the decks of enemy battleships. Low-trajectory gunfire from nearby batteries, aimed close to the enemy's waterline, would have joined Battery Alexander's mortar fire.

Because it was believed that mortars were less accurate than guns, all the mortars in a pit, or an entire battery, would fire at an enemy battleship at the same time. However, by 1918, during World War I, it had become clear that these massive weapons were more accurate than had been expected, and two mortars were removed from each of Battery Alexander's two pits. Battery Alexander remained a four-mortar operation until 1943, when the new era of aerial attack rendered it obsolete.
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HM NumberHM1XW1
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Placed ByNational Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Ares
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Date Added Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 541476 N 4186614
Decimal Degrees37.82600000, -122.52870000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 49.56', W 122° 31.722'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 49' 33.6" N, 122° 31' 43.32" W
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Area Code(s)415
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 960 Field Rd, Sausalito CA 94965, US
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