Battery Powell
Fort Worden, HD Puget Sound
A.M.T.B. btry Ft. Flagler.

Battery Powell was built to house eight 12-inch mortars. The military started construction in 1899 and the battery was finished by 1901. The layout of Battery Powell is fairly typical of 'horse shoe' type mortar emplacements, having two three sided 'pits' containing four mortars each. The magazines are located around the pit to the front and to either side.

The Coast Artillery had two mortars removed from each pit, in 1918 and 1920 respectively, the empty gun wells were then filled with sand and covered with concrete.

A Sewell type (plaster over metal mesh) plotting building was constructed to the rear of the battery in 1915 to replace an older plotting complex that was located between batteries Brannan and Powell.

The remaining four mortars were removed in 1943 and scrapped.

Battery Powell pit A
Battery Powell pit B
Mortar power plant
Old mortar plotting room

Form 1November, 1925
Form 7November, 1925
Form 1, page 1September, 1927
Form 1, page 2October, 1927
Form 2, plotting roomSeptember, 1932
Form 1September 1, 1943
Form 7September, 1943

Access info:
Battery Powell is part of Fort Worden State Park and is open to the public.

You can park near the central power plant and follow the old road to the first fork and then turn right (east). After a while a trail will take off to the left that leads right to the battery.

All photos from Sep 2003, unless otherwise noted.

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