Battery Warner

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Battery Warner (1904-1924) - Battery Warner was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 5 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Ward (2), Kitsap County, Washington. The battery was named in G.O. 1904, 27 Dec 1904 after 1st Lt. William H. Warner, Bvt. Captain, U.S Topographical Engineers, who served with distinction in the Mexican-American War, who was killed in action against Indians in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 26 Sep 1849. Battery construction started in 1900, was completed in 1903, and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use on 18 Jan 1904 at a cost of $ 24,934.96. Deactivated in 1924.

Battery Warner Gun Emplacement #1.
Battery Warner Gun Emplacement #2.
Battery Warner Panorama.

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Puget Sound.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 5" M1900 rapid fire guns mounted on M1903 pedestal carriages.

Battery Warner Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 5" Rifle 258.5" M1900 15 Watervliet Pedestal, M1903, #12, Morgan 1904-1925 See note 1
2 5" Rifle 258.5" M1900 19 Watervliet Pedestal, M1903, #13, Morgan 1904-1925 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, Oct 1925, Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 90-91, 216
Note 1: Guns dismounted in 1917 for service abroad remounted in 1918, transferred to Benicia 1926. Carriages scrapped 1925. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Warner 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. Battery Warner's gun was reported dismounted for service abroad on 18 Sep 1917 and held at Fort Ward and later ordered remounted in Battery Warner. On 22 Jul 1919 the guns were approved for scrapping but it appears that it did not happen and on 18 Mar 1926 they were shipped to the Benicia Arsenal. The carriages were scrapped on 9 Dec 1925.

Current Status

On private property behind a lattice fence but visible from South Beach Drive. No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Fort Ward, Kitsap County, Washington.

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Lat: 47.574991 Long: -122.521548

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  • Elevation: 34.625'

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Fortification ID:

  • WA0072 - Battery Warner

Visited: 18 Apr 2010

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