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Ft. Miles Fire control tower 7


Delaware's Silent Sentinels

Fire control towers (FCT's) were constructed along the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey to serve as the "eyes" of Fort Miles.  Each FCT was equipped with a Depression Range Finder and an Azimuth Scope to determine range and angle from a baseline (created by two towers).  An additional scope in the tower would plot splashes from missed shots and give corrected azimuth and range information so adjustments could be made.  A time interval bell would ring every 15 to 30 seconds (depending on the battery reload times) at which time a new reading would be taken by the FCT crews.  This would allow the plotting rooms to track and extrapolate a target's course and to better direct fire.  



Copyright: Shawn T Moore
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 7364x3682
Taken: 19/03/2012
Uploaded: 19/03/2012
Updated: 27/03/2015


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