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Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course

Fort Point Mine Depot

 
 
Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 2009
1. Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker
Photo captions:
Left: This schematic shows an underwater mine and distribution box, with buoys that were placed during planting operations. Throughout the modern era of American harbor defenses (1890-1950), mines were considered to be one of the primary harbor defense weapons.
Middle: Soldiers inserted explosives into the mines in these loading rooms, Extreme care was taken to ensure that no accidents occurred.
Right: Defense of the Golden Gate required extraordinary measures over the years. During World War II, strategically placed underwater mines deterred enemy surface ships and submarines.
Inscription. The Fort Point Mine Depot was created to defend the West Coast’s greatest harbor from enemy attack. Here, U.S. Army personnel assembled mines, loaded them on ships and planted them in minefields outside the Golden Gate. An enemy ship attempting to enter San Francisco Bay would have had to maneuver through a deadly obstacle course. Completed in 1910, the depot remained in service through World War II.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 48.51′ N, 122° 28.236′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from San Francisco Bay Trail near Marine Drive. Touch for map. The marker is located on Crissy Field at the entrance to the Torpedo Wharf. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crissy Field (a few steps from this marker); Braving Wind and Waves (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Golden Gate Bridge: Vision, Genius and Expert Care
Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jo Solorzano
2. Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Castillo de San Joaquin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Men of Vision (approx. 0.4 miles away); Defending the Golden Gate (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Categories. War, World IWar, World II
 
Distant photo of one of the buildings of the Fort Point Mine Depot image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 2009
3. Distant photo of one of the buildings of the Fort Point Mine Depot
The Warming Hut image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 2009
4. The Warming Hut
In this building the U.S. Army personnel assembled mines during World Wars I and II.
Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
5. Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 18, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on December 1, 2015, by Jo Solorzano of Guatemala City, Guatemala.   3. submitted on February 18, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4. submitted on March 14, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5. submitted on March 27, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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