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Battery 247, HDCR.

 
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Otto



Joined: 31 Aug 2012
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Location: Oregon

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:34 am    Post subject: Battery 247, HDCR. Reply with quote

1. Rear entrance


2.Base ring


3. Powder rooms where sealed up.


4.Corridor to the power room, plotting room, radio room, and gas lock.


5.Radio room


6.Plotting room


7. Compressor Room


8.


9.Main Corridor


10.Latrine


11.North Entrance


I have more pictures, but they did not come out that great. I liked this battery because it's kind of hidden in the park. There is no interperative signs placed by the park's department. But they apparently have sealed off the power rooms and one of the powder magazines so they do some work at maintenance, including staving off grafitti.
Enjoy.
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AndyR



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, #247 has a really nice location, up on the knob like that. One of my favorite WW2 era batteries.

Some nice photos of it here, thanks for sharing them.
~Andy
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Otto



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, 247 is neat because of it's out of the way location. Generally, when I have visited it, I was the only person there, thus having the entire thing to myself. Finding the BC station on the top was sort of an over grown challenge, with all the brush grown up around it.
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armyjunk



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting, always nice to see some new locations
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AndyR



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are ever in the mood for more overgrown stuff, there are two searchlights and a control booth foundation on the ocean side of the hill too.

The searchlights are a little south and west of the north gun position, and not too hard to reach if you are careful. There's a sort of trail that takes off in front of the battery, about halfway between the guns. The southern searchlight was buried when they built the battery, but its front wall is still visible. The northern one is intact.

The control booth is more of a scramble and probably not worth it. Just a rectangular concrete foundation about 270 feet south of the south gun.

There are some dangerous cliffs near both the searchlights and CB, so be careful if you do visit them. Wink
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Otto



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyR wrote:
If you are ever in the mood for more overgrown stuff, there are two searchlights and a control booth foundation on the ocean side of the hill too.



Is it these on this 1921 Map?



AndyR wrote:

There are some dangerous cliffs near both the searchlights and CB, so be careful if you do visit them. Wink


I will. Actually, cliffs don't normally scare me. One of my other hobbies is Mountain Climbing and Rock Climbing.



Speaking of cliffs, does anyone know if there is anything still remaining of these stations on top of the hill on the other side of Fort Canby, near Battery O'Flyng? Are they worth visiting, or are they off limits on Coast Guard property?




Edit: From looking at the RCW sheets, the G2 (mines) station and the B/S stations for 245 and 246 look like they where concrete dug in positions with a hatch and ladder down to the instruments, rather than a doorway and passage at ground level like most other stations in this HD. I would think that they might not even be there anymore, or really hard to access considering their age and amount of "jungle" that has grown there in the years since it was last used.

-Otto
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AndyR



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that would be them. If you are into climbing it should be no problem. They are just next to the cliffs, not part way down or anything.

Some (all?) of those stations by O'Flyng are still there. You can see three or possibly four of them in the high resolution photo here: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlasphoto/PhotoDisplay.aspx?vintage=2006&id=060819_16508
It is all off limits though, so I've never visited.
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Otto



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I figured that they where on CG property. I guess I would either have to: Access them in "stealth mode" hiking up the hill from the searchlight shelter along the road to the lighthouse, or Call the CG and see if I could get permission to go in there. I would probably bore the daylights out of some poor enlisted who would have to escort some "fort nerd" around the site.
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AndyR



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Coast Guard seem pretty cool about allowing access: http://usforting.com/2009/06/29/battery-oflyng-at-fort-canby/

If you do go officially, see if they'll let you look for old searchlight #8 on the eastern knob too. I've never found any areal photos of it, and don't know if anyone has ever tried to locate it on foot.
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