Fort Mott State Park
This tower was completed in 1903. It has two levels: an observation room and meteorological station on the glass-topped upper level, and a target plotting room below, from critical data would be relayed to soldiers aiming the big guns.
Vibration Dampening Device
When the big guns were fired, vibrations similar to a small earthquake affected the delicate instrumentation contained with the observation towers. Soldiers had to continuously adjust their instruments to make accurate readings. To solve this problem Army engineers designed a concrete-filled tube below the tower and attached it between the instrument platform and the ground. The tube was then encased in a steel jacket. It served as a basic vibration-dampening device to protect the instruments and a means of insulating power and phone wiring as well.
(Inscription under the image in the lower left)
Fort Mott Range Finder. This two-story
(Inscription under the image in the lower right)
If you look across the moat toward the river, you will see the second tower. This fifty-five foot high tower has a single observation level for taking accurate sights on enemy targets. Its primary function was to obtain target information for the twelve-inch guns of Battery Arnold.
Location. 39° 36.257′ N, 75° 33.027′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker is on Fort Mott Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of 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. The Moat and the Parados (a few steps from this marker); Battery Harker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Gregg (about 300 feet away); Welcome (to Fort Mott) (about 400 feet away); The Wharf (about 500 feet away); Two Batteries in one (about 600 feet away); The Latrines (about 600 feet away); Pea Patch Island (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, Spanish-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.