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Bombproofs

 
 
Bombproofs Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
1. Bombproofs Marker
Inscription. The arched chambers on either side of the sally port are identical bomb shelters for the fort's soldiers. They were built immediately after the bombardment of 1814, when it became obvious that such places were needed. Fortunately, Fort McHenry was never shelled again, and the bombproofs were never used for their intended purpose. Contrary to popular belief, the underground rooms in and around the star fort are not "dungeons," despite their iron gates and dark narrow entrances. Bombproofs and magazines were built to protect personnel and ammunition from enemy artillery fire.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.806′ N, 76° 34.773′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Touch for map. Marker is in entrance to star fort. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Guardhouse (a few steps from this marker); Fort McHenry (a few steps from this marker); A Star Spangled Centennial (a few steps from this marker); Star-Spangled Banner
Entrance to Star Fort from Sally Port image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
2. Entrance to Star Fort from Sally Port
(a few steps from this marker); In Full Glory Reflected (a few steps from this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 (a few steps from this marker); The Ravelin (a few steps from this marker); Mortars vs. Guns (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable BuildingsNotable EventsPatriots & PatriotismWar of 1812
 
Bombproofs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. Bombproofs Marker
at the foot of the stairs in the outer room.
Interior of Bombproof image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
4. Interior of Bombproof
Bombproof Interior image. Click for full size.
July 17, 2007
5. Bombproof Interior
Cross Section image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
6. Cross Section
In cross section you can see the multilayered brick vaulting which made the bombproof strong.
Close-up of image on marker
Plan image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
7. Plan
Six air shafts along the right side provided ventilation.
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,937 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on July 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on October 8, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on October 9, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on July 9, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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