Three Plotters by bmac62 ()
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Two Renderositians plus one son.
Left: Lucinda (myrrhluz)
Center: Lucinda's son James
Right: Tara (auntietk)
Caught yesterday on a photography outing at Fort Casey, Washington. We are in what the Army of 1901 called the "plotting room" for coastal artillery batteries to aim fires at hostile ships that might try to enter Puget Sound to attack the Bremerton Naval Ship Yard or civilian communities, to include Seattle, along the shores of Puget Sound.
The big 10-inch guns, the smaller 5-inch guns and large mortars never were called upon to fire in anger. The advent of the airplane and its use during World War I rendered this type of defensive fortification obsolete. Fort Casey was closed in 1922. Today the grounds and fortifications have been turned into a very popular Washington State Park.
Image Comments (23)
Shades of German soldiers waiting for the invasion of Allied ships from across the English Channel prior to D-Day, June 6, 1944. Other than the individuals shown, looks just the same. Otherwise, great clarity and contrast on display in this fortified shot, Melinda.
Gee, Bill, I was wondering if something nasty had happened to you. Now I see that something NICE has happened to you! No news appears to have been good news! Interesting view over Puget Sound. I wonder what the ranges of those guns were? Could an approaching fleet sneak by close to the other shore? From the looks of it, it seems the surfaces around the opening are of metal (and newly painted, too). Armor? What really gives this photo life are the people. Keep up the good work! :-)
I'll wager this fort was largely built to drive off my ancestors back in its hay day. Though Canadians were still called "The British" back then. The northern boundary between what would be Washington state and British Columbia was still in much dispute as late as the mid 19th Century. The U.S. worried of further military confrontations with the old Empire - the last big one ending only in 1814-1815.