Newport in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
During the late 19th century the Southwest battery was the advanced position for directing fire against the enemy’s warships. It was here that the giant Rodman cannons hurled their massive 15’ projectiles, each weighing over 300 pounds, to a range of two and one-half miles.
From this location, it is also possible to see remnants of Fort Adams’ role during World War II. The entire coastal defense of southeastern New England was commanded from Fort Adams. An anti-submarine net was stretched from Fort Adams to Jamestown to prevent the entry of Axis submarines. Two observation posts were installed on the West wall of Fort Adams with commanding views of Narragansett Bay.
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Erected by Fort Adams State Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
Location. 41° 28.676′ N, 71° 20.345′ W. Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker can be reached from Fort Adams Drive, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located inside Fort Adams. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Between the Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending From Land Assault (within shouting distance of this marker); Changing Role of the Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three Tiers of Firepower (about 500 feet away); A Giant Among Forts (about 600 feet away); Building a Fortress (about 700 feet away); Fort Adams Foundation (about 700 feet away); Erich A. O’D. Taylor (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
More about this marker. A picture of the Rodman guns firing from the Southwest battery appears at the lower left of the marker. Three other photos depict a German submarine, a squadron under fire, and anti-submarine nets in the bay. A map of Narragansett Bay underwater facilities also appears at the bottom of the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 703 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.