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Cape Elizabeth in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Mining Casemate

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
1. Mining Casemate Marker
Inscription.  This Mining Casemate was constructed in 1891, but it was rebuilt in 1903, enlarged in 1907, and modernized during World War II. The function of the casemate was to control the minefield in the main channel, which was laid during the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II to prevent the entry of hostile vessels. The reinforced concrete structure contained a large electrical panel from which one or more of the powerful submarine mines could be detonated on orders from the mine commander, whose station was an observation post above the casemate. Initially, the mines were loaded on mine planting vessels from a wharf adjacent to the casemante, connected by a causeway to the shore, but it was later abandoned and the wharf at Fort Preble used instead. No enemy vessels attempted to enter the harbor, although a German submarine was spotted in Casco Bay in 1942.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Spanish-AmericanWar, World IWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
 
Location. 43° 37.505′ N, 70° 12.729′ 
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W. Marker is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Shore Road south of Littlejohn Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Elizabeth ME 04107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Hobart (within shouting distance of this marker); Looking North (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Looking East (about 500 feet away); Looking South (about 500 feet away); Fire Station (about 700 feet away); Battery Erasmus Keyes (about 700 feet away); Goddard Mansion (about 700 feet away); Central Powerhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Elizabeth.
 
Mining Casemate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
2. Mining Casemate Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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