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Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battery Catlin

Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Wadsworth

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
Battery Catlin wayside image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 31, 2013
1. Battery Catlin wayside
Main illustration - “Battery Catlin under construction, 1903.”
Inscription.  
This fire control tower was built for officers to observe the accuracy of shells fired from nearby batteries. If the rounds missed their targets, the officers telephoned the change of firing coordinates to adjust the big guns’ aim.

Battery Catlin, the concrete and brick remains below, was one of the batteries controlled from this location. Built in 1902-04 over the 1860s North Cliff Battery, this was one of the last of the Endicott Period batteries built at Fort Wadsworth.

This battery’s six 3-inch-diameter, rapid-fire guns were not mounted until 1913, were fired only for practice, and were finally dismantled in 1942.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
 
Location. 40° 36.383′ N, 74° 3.367′ W. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Marker can be reached from park footpath, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Staten Island NY 10305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Battery Catlin observation post and wayside image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 31, 2013
2. Battery Catlin observation post and wayside
of this marker. Torpedo Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedo Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Wadsworth (about 500 feet away); Battery Weed (about 600 feet away); Defending New York Harbor (about 600 feet away); Fort Tompkins (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battery Weed (about 600 feet away); Verrazano – Narrows Bridge (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battery Catlin. Fortwiki entry. (Submitted on August 4, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. The Endicott Era Defenses. NPS entry. (Submitted on August 4, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Battery Catlin magazine image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, February 12, 2006
3. Battery Catlin magazine
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 31, 2013
4. Inset
“This 1888 map shows North Cliff Battery at this location before Battery Catlin was built in 1902-04.”
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 31, 2013
5. Inset
“Endicott Period batteries at Fort Wadsworth 1890-1910.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 4, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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