Battery Vincent

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Battery Vincent (1904-1920) - Battery Strong Vincent was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 3 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Standish (1), Lovell's Island, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. The battery was named in G.O. 194, 27 Dec 1904, after Brigadier General Strong Vincent, U.S.Volunteers, who died 7 Jul 1863, of wounds received in action at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 3 Jul 1863, during the U.S. Civil War. Battery construction started in 1900-1901, was completed in 1904 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 29 Dec 1904 at a cost of $ 14,000. Battery deactivated in 1920.

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Boston, Massachusetts.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with four 3" M1898MI Driggs-Seabury guns mounted on M1898 Masking Parapet mounts. This was a two story battery with the guns located on the upper level and two 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 emplacement power plants in other batteries.

Battery Vincent Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 3" Rifle 154.5" M1898MI 1 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#1, Driggs-Seabury
1904-1920 See note 1
2 3" Rifle 154.5" M1898MI 8 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#8, Driggs-Seabury
1904-1920 See note 1
3 3" Rifle 154.5" M1898MI 64 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#64, Driggs-Seabury
1904-1920 See note 1
4 3" Rifle 154.5" M1898MI 71 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#71, Driggs-Seabury
1904-1920 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 May 1921, RCB, 31 Dec 1909, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 70-71
Note 1: Guns transferred to Watervliet on 8 & 14 Jul 1920, carriages ordered scrapped 20 May 1920. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Vincent Plan

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 Vincent were not affected by the World War I redistribution but the following 1920 disarmament program caused the battery to be deactivated, the guns shipped back to Watervliet and the carriages scrapped. The guns were transferred to Watervliet on 8 and 14 Jul 1920 and the carriages were ordered scrapped on 20 May 1920.

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Fort Standish, Lovell's Island, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

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Lat: 42.32979 Long: -70.929193



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