Pennsville in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battery Gregg’s 5-inch rapid fire guns.
Test firing of the guns in 1907 shattered windows on the post and neighboring farms. The 5-inch rapid fire guns were produced at the Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y., and were designed to have all-around (360º) fire capability. Fort personnel reported that when the guns were installed, the field of view was obstructed by newly planted trees on the reservation.
Battery Commander’s Station.
By 1920 the Battery Commander’s Station was built to direct the fire of the 10-inch guns in Battery Harker. This structure, and a similar one built in Battery Krayenbuhl for Battery Arnold . . . . provided a place for
5-inch gun: Model 1900 Class 56 Division 10
Overall Length 258.5 Inches (21 ft, 6½ in.)
Weight of Gun 11,120 Pounds
Muzzle Velocity 2,600 Feet Per Second
Maximum Range 12,918 Yards (7.33 miles)
Weight of Projectile 59 Pounds
Weight of Powder Charge 22.25 Pounds
Chamber Pressure 36,000 Pounds Per Square Inch
Muzzle Energy 2,721 Foot Tons
5-inch Barbette Carriages: Model 1903 Class 6 Division 6
Firing Angle -5 to +15 Degrees
Traverse 360 Degrees
Weight of Carriage 21,573.5 Pounds
Type of Sight 3-inch Telescope Model 1904
Erected by State of New Jersey.
Location. 39° 36.202′ N, 75° 33.024′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker can be reached from Fort Mott Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the walking
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome (to Fort Mott) (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Harker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Observation Towers (about 300 feet away); The Moat and the Parados (about 300 feet away); The Wharf (about 500 feet away); Two Batteries in one (about 600 feet away); Pea Patch Island (about 700 feet away); The Latrines (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
More about this marker. The marker contains a copy of the blueprints for the guns at Battery Gregg.
Also see . . . Fort Mott State Park. NJ Division of Parks & Forestry website. (Submitted on August 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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