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Sandwich in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Panama Mount

 
 
Panama Mount Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
1. Panama Mount Marker
Inscription. The 241st Coastal Artillery Battery C used this Panama Gun Mount as a firing base. At the onset of World War II, the United States Army positioned 155 MM Field Artillery pieces at critical coastal locations. The defense of the easterly entrance to the Cape Code Canal was critical to the war effort. Allied shipping used the canal as safe passage way and assemblage area for convoys going overseas.

The Panama Mount, developed by the U.S. Army for the defense of the Panama Canal, gave the 155 MM greater accuracy and enabled the gun crew to rotate the weapon 360 degrees. The field artillery piece weighed 12 tons and fired 120 pound projectiles at a rate of four per minute. With a range of approximately 20 miles, the easterly entrance to the Cape Cod Canal was well protected.
 
Erected 1999 by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
 
Location. 41° 46.839′ N, 70° 30.999′ W. Marker is in Sandwich, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker can be reached from Scusset Beach Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sagamore Beach MA 02562, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ready Rooms (a few steps from this marker); Changes Through Time

Panama Mount Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
2. Panama Mount Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); 241st Coast Artillery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sagamore Hill Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Still on Patrol (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bournedale's Yesterdays (approx. 2.5 miles away); Comassakumakanit (approx. 2.5 miles away); Cape Cod Canal (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandwich.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 571 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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