Battery Pensacola (1898-1934) - Battery Pensacola was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 12 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Pickens, Escambia County, Florida. The battery was named in G.O. 73, 29 May 1900, after the City of Pensacola. Battery construction started in 1897, was completed in 1898, and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use on 30 Jun 1898 at a cost of $128,707.04. The battery was declared obsolete and no longer required in 1933.
Endicott Period (1890-1910)
Part of the Harbor Defense of Pensacola.
Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 12" M1895 guns mounted on disappearing M1897 carriages. This was a two-story battery built into old Fort Pickens with the guns on the upper level and the magazines and support rooms on the lower level. Taylor-Raymond back delivery shell hoists were provided to move the heavy 12" shells from the lower level to the loading level. Electrical power was furnished by a power plant in the battery with two 25 KW gasoline engine generator sets.
In 1908 a B.C. Station was added on the top, center of Battery Pensacola at a cost of $ 850.00.
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 two 12" guns of Battery Pensacola were not affected by the World War I redistribution but the battery was declared obsolete and no longer required on 16 Jun 1933. Both guns were transferred back to the Watervliet Arsenal on 25 Oct 1934 and not returned. The carriages remained in place until they were ordered scrapped on 26 Oct 1942.
No period guns or mounts in place.
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