Fourth Cliff Military Reservation

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Fourth Cliff Military Reservation (1942-1948) - A World War II Coastal Military Reservation first established in 1942 at Fourth Cliff in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Abandoned in 1948.

Fourth Cliff Military Reservation, Fire Control Tower Loc 114 Site 1A
Fourth Cliff Military Reservation, Fire Control Tower Loc 114 Site 1C, False Cottage is Gone but Tower and Foundation Remain
Fourth Cliff MR Old Mess Hall, now Recreation/Registration Building

World War II (1941-1945)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Boston, Massachusetts.

BC Station and Fire Control Post on top of Battery 208

On 5 Dec 1942, 48.56 acres was transferred from the Navy Department to the U.S. Army to support a number of fire control sites and two major gun batteries on Fourth Cliff. Battery 106 was to be a fully casemated 16" gun battery but was never built. Battery 208 was a 6" rapid fire gun battery started in 1942 and accepted for service on 9 Nov 1944. Three fire control towers were built on sites, 1A, 1B, 1C(D) during 1943.

Fourth Cliff Military Reservation World War II Batteries (edit list)
Battery
Click on Battery links below
No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Battery Cost Notes
Battery 106 2 16" Casemated Barbette (CBC) Not Built $ 0
Battery 208 2 6" Shielded Barbette (SBC) 1942-1943-1944-1948 $ 334,000
Source: CDSG
Fourth Cliff Military Reservation Plan
Fourth Cliff Military Reservation Fire Control Tower


Current Status

Part of Fourth Cliff Air Force Family Recreation Area , Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Different site designations exist on different documents for these fire control towers, supplement numbers used here (1945).

Location: Fourth Cliff Military Reservation, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

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Lat: 42.161041 Long: -70.705620

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Visited: 15 May - 28 May 2012

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