Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Disappearing Gun
Recoil lowers the gun behind the parapet. To conceal and protect coastal guns and crews from increasingly accurate fire of modern warships, two American officers, Adelbert Buffington and William Crozier, perfected the design of the “disappearing” gun carriage. Loading was easier because shot trucks could bring heavy ammunition directly to the breech of the lowered weapon. To pivot the gun back to firing position, a latch was tripped, releasing a 45-ton counterweight hanging in a well below the carriage.
This battery made Battery Potter, 250 yards north, obsolete almost as soon as it was completed. Potterís steam-powered hydraulic lifts allowed its guns to disappear also, but could not compete with the speed and efficiency of the Buffington-Crozier system.
Erected by National Park System.
Location. 40° 27.873′ N, 74° Click for map. Marker is in Fort Hancock, in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Potter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Quartermaster Storehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lights Out! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Post Commissary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baked Fresh Daily! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Keeping the Light (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sandy Hook Light (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athletic Field (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. The left of the marker features a photograph showing soldiers at the big gun in Battery Granger. Below this are pictures of the gun in firing position and in its concealed position. Portraits of Adelbert Buffington and William Crozier appear on the right of the marker.
Also see . . . Fort Hancock. NY Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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