Fort Rousseau

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Fort Rousseau (1941-1946) - A World War II Coastal Fort first established in 1941 as a part of Fort Ray on Makhnati Island, Sitka Borough, Alaska. Named Fort Rousseau in G.O. 17, 2 Apr 1943, after Bvt. Major General Lovell Harrison Rousseau, who received the transfer of Alaska to the United States in 1867. Abandoned in 1946.

World War II (1941-1945)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Sitka.


Fort Rousseau World War II Battery (edit list)
Battery
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No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Battery Cost Notes
Battery 292 2 6" Shielded Barbette 1943-1944-1944-1950 $ ?
Battery 155 - Makhnati Island 4 155mm Panama Mount 1942-194?-194?-194? $ ? Reduce to two positions
by Battery 292 construction
Battery AMTB - Watson Point 2
2
90mm
90mm
M3-Fixed
M1A1-Mobile
1943-1943-1943-1944 $ ?
Battery AMTB - Whale Island 2
2
90mm
90mm
M3-Fixed
M1A1-Mobile
1943-1943-1943-1944 $ ?
Source: CDSG
Fort Rousseau Land Map, Sitka Sound Assigned Plots in Yellow


Current Status

Remains of Battery 292 structure and two Panama mounts on Makhnati Island, Sitka Borough, Alaska.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 2436011


Location: Makhnati Island, Sitka Borough, Alaska.

Maps & Images

Lat: 57.0395 Long: -135.3896

Sources:

  • Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 26
  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project Harbor Defenses of Sitka, (SHDSP), 1944, CDSG
  • CDSG

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