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
Blocks and Metal
Towers and Storage
China in Pieces
Roof on the ground
Something for nothing
For nothing did happen
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 Casco Bay, Forts, Jewell Island, Photos, Sea Kayaking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.