Jewell and WWII

I take leave of the Punchbowl and the Great Blue Heron.  Off to explore, the structures and relics left from WWII.

I think of the men.   Did they like it here with the cool damp air and frigid winters?   According to my source for Jewell Island History, barracks were hastily built and had no insulation.   Water was scarce and tainted with minerals.   The batteries were unfinished when the first men arrived, but the towers were built.   These were constructed out of concrete (one at 50′ and the other at 80′)   and were used as “base-end” stations, coordinating with the station at Trundy Point, Cape Elizabeth.   Their primary use was to aid the accuracy of new 12 inch guns, 17 miles range, at Fort Levitt on Cushing Island.

Jewell was also the best choice for harbor defenses, adding observation as an additional use for the towers.   It was also a light-station and had Anti mortar torpedo boat batteries.   These were 90 mm guns that could fire 24 shots a minute at a range of 10,000 yards.   [Info from History of Jewell Island, Maine by Peter W. Benoit, an excellent read.]  Click for weapons info and photos

Footsteps o’er shadows
Tar-papered walls

Batteries unfinished
Radar delayed

Blocks  and Metal
Towers and Storage

Scarcely used
Little remaining

China in Pieces
Roof on the ground

Something for nothing
For nothing did happen

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About Just Jude

I grew up on a small farm in Michigan but have always felt the urge to wander and began doing so as a teenager. Since that time, I've hiked, biked and paddled in every season; not for sport, but for the journey.

Posted on January 23, 2015, in Casco Bay, History, Kayaking, Maine Coast, Military History, Photos, Solo Journeys, Twenty One Days at Sea, U.S. Navy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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