Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Navy Gun Car
Mounting 14” - 50 Caliber Naval Gun
United States Naval Railway Batteries
Designed, constructed and shipped abroad
Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department
Placed in operation in France
Manned by naval personnel
Under the command of
Rear Admiral C.P. Plunkett, U.S.N.
Designs were started
December 26, 1917
Finished January 25, 1918
Construction commenced February 13, 1918
Completed April 26, 1818
Tested April 30, 1918
Shipped abroad June 1918
Re-erected in France July-August 1818
Started for the battle front from St. Nazaire, Fr.
on August 17, 1918
234 days from the date of first designs
This gun fired 236 - 1400 pound
Navy shells against the Germans
The U.S. Naval railway batteries traveled
the length of France, firing: -
From: Soissons -- Upon: Laon
From: Rethondes -- Upon: Tergnier
From: Fontenoy-Ambleny -- Upon: Besny-Loisy
From: Flavy-Le-Martel -- Upon: Mortiers
From: Charney -- Upon: Remoiville, Montmedy, Louppy
From: Thierville -- Upon: Longuyon, Mangiennes
Maximum Range Used - 42,500 yards, 24.2 miles
Location. 38° 52.341′ N, 76° 59.761′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard Touch for map. Located in Willard Park, inside the Washington Navy Yard. Marker is in this post office area: Washington Navy Yard DC 20374, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willard Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Willard Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome Aboard the Display Ship BARRY (DD-993)(sic) (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Navy Yard Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); National Museum of the U.S. Navy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frank W. Crilley Building (about 400 feet away); Swift Boat PCF1 (about 500 feet away); U.S. Experimental Model Basin (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
Also see . . .
1. US Navy Railway Guns in World War I. Short of everything but ingenuity, the United States Army used a special unit of long range artillery provided by the US Navy in WWI. (Submitted on August 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Battleship Guns. The guns were actually 14 inch 45 caliber pieces, originally designed for use on battleships. (Submitted on August 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,444 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7. submitted on March 10, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.