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Kittery Point in York County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Resisting Naval Firepower

 
 
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By TeamOHE, June 3, 2019
1. Resisting Naval Firepower Marker
Inscription.  Large coastal forts like this one were built to defend against the increasingly powerful cannons that could be mounted on naval vessels in the mid-1800s. Among them were guns designed by Admiral John Dahlgren who became known as the "father of American naval ordnance."

These "Dahlgren Guns” could fire shells weighing from 32 to 440 pounds, some of them reaching targets more than a half mile away. Large granite coastal forts were designed to withstand the impact of these shells.

The larger warships of that period could carry a dozen or more of these heavy guns. (captions)
(left) Admiral Dablgren stands beside a 50-pounder cannon on board the USS Pawnee in 1865.

(right) A crew works a nine-inch (90 pounder) Dahlgren gun on a Union warship during the Civil War.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 43° 4.883′ N, 70° 42.533′ W. Marker is in Kittery Point, Maine, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pepperrell
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By TeamOHE, June 3, 2019
2. Resisting Naval Firepower Marker
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Road (Maine Route 103) and Crockett Neck Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kittery Point ME 03905, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort McClary (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome To Fort McClary (within shouting distance of this marker); Mines Building (approx. 0.7 miles away in New Hampshire); Portcullis (approx. 0.7 miles away in New Hampshire); Fort William and Mary Commemoration Marker (approx. 0.7 miles away in New Hampshire); Walbach Tower (approx. ¾ mile away in New Hampshire); a different marker also named Walbach Tower (approx. ¾ mile away in New Hampshire); Frost Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away in New Hampshire). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kittery Point.
 
Also see . . .  Fort McClary State Historic Site. Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (Submitted on December 6, 2020.) 
 
Resisting Naval Firepower Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, June 3, 2019
3. Resisting Naval Firepower Marker
Resisting Naval Firepower Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, June 3, 2019
4. Resisting Naval Firepower Marker
Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Rear Adm. John A. Dahlgren standing by a Dahlgren gun on deck of image. Click for full size.
June 17, 1865
5. Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Rear Adm. John A. Dahlgren standing by a Dahlgren gun on deck of
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-02990]
Gun crew on deck of U.S.S. Miami, [i.e. Mendota] James River, Va. image. Click for full size.
circa 1865
6. Gun crew on deck of U.S.S. Miami, [i.e. Mendota] James River, Va.
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-33963]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.   5, 6. submitted on December 6, 2020. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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