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Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battery Potter

 
 
Battery Potter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. Battery Potter Marker
Inscription. The army operated its first and only lift gun battery here from 1893 to 1906. Inside its cavernous galleries, two 12-inch guns could be raised to the surface for firing and lowered for loading and servicing. Concealed and protected from enemy fire, Potter’s rifled artillery could hammer battleships eight miles away.

The Lift Guns

Giant boilers fired, building up steam to power the guns’ hydraulic lifts. Half-ton projectiles brought from the magazine by rail cart are hoisted to the second floor loading area. The elevators raise the guns through the holes in the roof to the firing position. Total time for loading, ascending, firing and descending averaged more than six minutes. This was no match for the 30-second firing style of the disappearing guns installed in 1907 at nearby Battery Granger.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 28.002′ N, 74° 0.143′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Touch for map. Marker is in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, at the north of the peninsula. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Hancock Officers’ Club (about
Battery Potter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Battery Potter Marker
400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Master Mechanic’s Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery Granger (approx. 0.2 miles away); The World War II Years (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mule Barn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barracks, School, Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fire House Number 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hasty Additions in Wartime (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker features a drawing of Battery Potter. The bottom of the marker features a layout of the interior of the battery, showing the location of the big gun.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Hancock. NY Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
Marker in Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Marker in Fort Hancock
Entrance to Battery Potter image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Entrance to Battery Potter
Battery Potter Shells image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. Battery Potter Shells
These 1000 pound projectiles are stored near the entrance to the battery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 687 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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