Battery Whiting (1)
Battery Whiting (1) (1910-1942) - Battery Whiting (1) was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 3 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Getty, Newport County, Rhode Island. The battery was named in G.O. 194, 27 Dec 1904, after Lieutenant Colonel Levi Whiting, 1st U.S. Artillery, who served from 1812 to 1852, and who died 3 Aug 1852. Battery construction started in January 1903, was completed in September 1903 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 7 Jun 1910 at a cost of $ 13,715.13. Guns and carriages moved to Fort Burnside, Battery Whiting (2) in 1942.
Part of the Harbor Defense of Narragansett Bay.
Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 3" M1903 guns mounted on M1903 Barbette carriages. This was a two story battery with the guns on the upper level and the magazines below. No powder or shell hoists were provided. Electric power was furnished from the emplacement power plant at Battery Tousard.
World War I
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 and carriages of Battery Whiting were not affected by the World War I redistribution or the following 1920 disarmament program.
In 1922 a concrete C.R.F. station was built 40' southeast of gun emplacement #1 to house a 9' Barr & Stroud coincident rangefinder for Battery Whiting. The C.R.F. station was accepted for service 8 Aug 1922.
World War II
The guns and carriages of Battery Whiting were transferred to Fort Burnside, Battery Whiting (2), in July of 1942.
Part of Fort Getty City Park. No period guns or mounts in place.
Visited: 29 May 2012
Battery Whiting (1) Picture Gallery