Battery Barri

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Battery Barri (1915-1921) - Battery Barri was a reinforced concrete, Taft Period 4.72 inch coastal gun battery at Bishops Point on Fort Kamehameha, Honolulu County, Hawaii. The battery was named in G.O. 36, 1915, after Captain Thomas O. Barri, 11th U.S. Infantry, who was killed at Gettysburg, 2 Jul 1863, during the U.S. Civil War. Battery construction started in September 1914, was completed in September 1915 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 26 September 1915 at a cost of $ 29,043.38. Battery Barri (2-4.7" Guns) and Battery Chandler (2-6" Guns) were built into the same structure. Battery Barri was deactivated in 1921.

Battery Chandler-Barri Location Plan 1919

Taft Period (1905-1915)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Pearl Harbor.

Originally built as a Taft Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 4.72" Armstrong guns mounted on Armstrong Pedestal carriages. This was a two story battery with the guns located on the upper level and the magazines below. Shells were moved from the magazine level to the gun loading platform by hand. No shell or powder hoists were provided. Electrical power was furnished by a searchlight power plant.

Battery Barri Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 4.72" Rifle 45 Caliber Armstrong 10999 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong, #9081
American Ordnance
1915-1921 See note 1
2 4.72" Rifle 45 Caliber Armstrong 11000 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong, #9083
American Ordnance
1915-1921 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 9 Mar 1925, RCB 31 Dec 1915, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 86-87
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA Guns declared obsolete 3 Jul 1919, ordered salvaged 6 Sep 1921, retained as ornaments 23 Dec 1922.
Battery Chandler-Barri Plan 1919


World War I (1917-1918)

The U.S. entry into World War I resulted in a widespread removal of large caliber coastal defense gun tubes for service in Europe. Many of the gun and mortar tubes removed were sent to arsenals for modification and mounting on mobile carriages, both wheeled and railroad. Most of the removed gun tubes never made it to Europe and were either remounted or remained at the arsenals until needed elsewhere. The guns of Battery Barri were directly affected by the World War I 1920 disarmament program and were declared obsolete 3 Jul 1919, ordered salvaged 6 Sep 1921 but retained as ornaments 23 Dec 1922.

Current Status

Site is destroyed on Hickam Air Force Base. No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii

Maps & Images

Lat: 21.331404 Long: -157.968475

Sources:

  • Grobmeier, Alvin H., Officers of the U.S. Army and Others in Honor of whom Coast Artillery Forts and Batteries in Hawaii Have Been Named, CDSG News, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Nov. 1992), pp. 66-67

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