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Battery Krayenbuhl’s 5-inch rapid fire guns

 
 
Battery Krayenbuhl’s 5-inch rapid fire guns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
1. Battery Krayenbuhl’s 5-inch rapid fire guns Marker
Inscription. The 5-inch gun platforms, finished in the summer of 1899, had to be changed to conform to changes in the type of gun mount to be installed. The platforms had to be cut down approximately one foot, and the new platform was ready by December 2, 1899. The battery was finally turned over to the artillery the next year in December, 1900. Two 5-inch rapid fire guns (model 1897, no’s 6 and 8, Watervliet Arsenal) were mounted on a pair of 5-inch Barbette balanced-pillar mounts (Model 1896, no’s 24 and 25, Detrick and Haarey Machine Co.). The guns were capable of achieving all-around fire with a maximum depression of 3” and maximum elevation 18º.

5-inch gun:   Model 1897
Overall Length               231.5 inches (19’ -3_”)
Weight of Gun               7,583 Pounds (over 3_ tons)
Muzzle Velocity             2600 Feet Per Second
Maximum Range             10,431 yards (5.9 miles)
Weight of Projectile         58 pounds
Weight of Powder Charge             16.4 pounds
Chamber Pressure (Maximum)     38,000 pounds per square inch
Muzzle Energy                 2,721 foot tons

5-inch Barbette balanced-pillar mounts:   Model 1896
Firing Angle                  -4.10 to +14.40 degrees
Traverse                       360 degrees
Weight of Carriage       48,809 pounds
      with counterweight
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By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
2. Marker in Fort Mott

 
Erected by State of New Jersey.
 
Location. 39° 36.264′ N, 75° 33.247′ 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 trail in Fort Mott State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Pennsville NJ 08070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ammunition Hoist (a few steps from this marker); Battery Krayenbuhl (a few steps from this marker); Battery Edwards (a few steps from this marker); Battery Commander’s Station (a few steps from this marker); Peace Magazine:   1904 (within shouting distance of this marker); Switchboard Room / Plotting Room (within shouting distance of this marker); 1872 Construction (within shouting distance of this marker); Generator Room (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
 
More about this marker. A blueprint of Battery Krayenbuhl and its 5-inch guns appears on the bottom of the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Mott State Park. NJ Division of Parks & Forestry website. (Submitted on August 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Battery Krayenbuhl Gun Emplacement image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
3. Battery Krayenbuhl Gun Emplacement
A 5-inch rapid fire gun was mounted at this location from 1900 until 1917.
 
 
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Fort Mott State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
4. Fort Mott State Park
The “Battery Krayenbuhl” marker can be found on the Walking Tour of Fort Mott State Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 667 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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