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Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course

Fort Point Mine Depot

 
 
Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 2009
1. Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker
Photo captions:
Right: Soldiers inserted explosives into the mines in these loading rooms, Extreme care was taken to ensure that no accidents occurred.
Bottom Left: This schematic shows an underwater mine and distribution box, with buoys that were placed during planting operations. Throughout the modern era of American harbor defenses (1890-1950), mines were considered to be one of the primary harbor defense weapons.
Inscription. The Fort Point Mine Depot was created to defend the West Coast’s greatest harbor from enemy attack. Here, U.S. Army personnel assembled mines, loaded them on ships and planted them in minefields outside the Golden Gate. An enemy ship attempting to enter San Francisco Bay would have had to maneuver through a deadly obstacle course. Completed in 1910, the depot remained in service through World War II.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 48.51′ N, 122° 28.236′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from San Francisco Bay Trail near Marine Drive. Click for map. The marker is located on Crissy Field at the entrance to the Torpedo Wharf. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crissy Field (a few steps from this marker); Braving Wind and Waves (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Golden Gate Bridge: Vision, Genius and Expert Care
Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jo Solorzano
2. Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Castillo de San Joaquin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Men of Vision (approx. 0.4 miles away); Military Intelligence Service Language School (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Categories. War, World IWar, World II
 
Distant photo of one of the buildings of the Fort Point Mine Depot image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 2009
3. Distant photo of one of the buildings of the Fort Point Mine Depot
The Warming Hut image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 2009
4. The Warming Hut
In this building the U.S. Army personnel assembled mines during World Wars I and II.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on , by Jo Solorzano of Guatemala City, Guatemala.   3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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