Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This Gun: 3-inch Deck Gun Mod. 1944 MK22
The Original Ft. Miles Gun: Model 1903
This gun is known as a 3"/50, which specifies diameter of the gun's bore and it's caliber. The 3-inch guns that were placed at Fort Miles were mounted on a pedestal to allow them to be easily aimed and follow the target. Throughout their use, 3-inch guns were effective anti-aircraft weapons and also used against small, fast-moving vessels. They were eventually replaced with the more efficient and powerful 90mm gun.
The 3-inch guns at Fort Miles were placed in Battery 5.
This is a photo of a 3-inch gun that is of the same model of those used at Fort Miles. We do not have any photos of the original Fort Miles 3-inch guns. Each gun required a 15-man crew. The guns had a firing range of 11,000 yards and were used primarily as anti-aircraft and anti-ship weapons. The guns you see in front of you were not originally placed at Fort Miles, but are representations of 3-inch guns.
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks series list.
Location. 38° 46.665′ N, 75° 5.41′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from Dune Road, half a mile east of Campground Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37468 Dune Rd, Lewes DE 19958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spotter House (within shouting distance of this marker); Aircraft Warning System (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Miles Historical Area (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Miles Historical Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Miles Artillery Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Miles in World War II (about 300 feet away); 155mm Gun (about 400 feet away); 8-inch Gun (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.