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Mysterious concrete in Cape dunes may have supported guns from Fort Saulsbury Two weeks back I wrote about a mysterious concrete structure un- i! earthed by the recent nor'easters that scoured the ocean beaches at Cape Henlopen. Just south of the so-called T- building overlooking the "Navy i i!!!i:iiii i i wall" beach, the concrete structure emerged from the face of a thick dune as waves pulled away the sand camouflaging it years ago. Eric Pearson of Nassau has done extensive and detailed re- search on Cape Henlopen - partic- BAREF00TIN' ularly on its years and develop- Dennis Forney ment as Fort Miles during World War II. Pearson called to say that the in the water offshore." The 12- structures were probably the sup- inch guns placed atop the great ports put in place in 1941 to help dune were the most advanced of install two 12-inch-diameter guns the period, according to Pearson. being relocated from Fort Sauls- The emplacements of Fort bury. The Word War I-era guns, Saulsbury exist today where they according to Pearson, were too were built during World War I. heavy to be brought through the The bunker and gun emplace- dunes of Cape Henlopen for ments, and rails that served them, placement as the first coastal guns stand on private property just off at Fort Miles. Instead, said Pear- Route 36 northeast of Milford. son, the guns were brought to Re- They are on high ground at the hoboth Beach where they were edge of the marsh at the north end loaded on trucks and transported of Prime Hook National Wildlife up the beach to concrete place- Refuge, where the 12-inch guns ments, could reach the nearby shipping The recent storms, according to channels of Delaware Bay. many who have since walked the The 1938 "Delaware Guide beach, uncovered several lengths Book," written by the Federal of the metal tracks laid down to al- Writers' Project, says the follow- low the trucks to move across the ing about Fort Saulsbury: "A sand without sinking. Those United States Coast Artillery de- lengths of track are reportedly fense unit established during the most visible in the area of the twin World War [I] and named in hon- observation towers north of the or of U.S. Senator Willard Sanls- Gordon's Pond public parking bury (1820-1892), whose son, an- area. other U.S. Senator Willard Sauls- According to Pearson's "Bits bury, proposed the measure which and Pieces on Fabulous Cape resulted in the fort. The fort is gar- Henlopen" printed first in 1991, risoned by a detachment from Fort the 12-inch guns from Fort Sauls- duPont under a non-commis- bury "were located just south of sioned officer. Two batteries hid- what later became Battery Herring den within grassy emplacements [now known as the T-building], were named in honor of Col. and to facilitate getting them into David Hall and Col. John Haslet service, were mounted on open of the Delaware Revolutionary concrete slabs just above high wa- forces." ter. After Battery 519 [atop the great dune where the Great Dune VERN ELLINGSWORTH Overlook is now located] was answered the call again this year completed, the WWI guns were for the Georgetown Fire Compa- removed and, becanse0ftheirpre- ny. For the third year, carious location, were not re- Ellingsworth created the corn- placed. The mountings were left memorative oyster knife, auc- to deteriorate. The 1962 storm tioned off as part of the fund-rais- dislodged them completely. At ing activities at the annual dead low tide they can still be seen Continued on page 8 k Fort Saulsbury as seen today from the air. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 - 7 A VERY SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY IN "THE PINES" ENGLISH TUDOR 112 Heniopen Ave. - Professionally decorated and lanseaped. Eat-in gourmet kitchen w/granite countertops and commercial looking appliances. 2 fireplaces (one gas). Spa- cious second floor with third level sleeping loft. Only the highest quality materials have been used in this totally renovated year round home $425,000. Please take a leok. I I NEW HOME IN MAPLEWOOD 123 Bryn Mawr Drive - Brand new custom built ranch home on a 75'x135' lot. 3 BR, 2 BA, Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, with cathedral ceilings, vinyl siding, two car garage, many special and distin- guishing touches. Ready for occu- pancy April 10. Call for appointment. Only $125,000. THE BEACH HOUSE - Oceanblock B&B - 15 Hickman Street. In-ground pool, 10 guest rooms 8 w/private baths, large owner's quarters. WATERFRONT LOT RBYCC Large Corner Lot Fully Bulkheaded Dock Pctm ha Haad $172,000 114 Coleman Ave. Lewes near Hospital 5 Year Round Apts. 100' X 125" Lot $299,9OO 16 Hiekman St. - 3W Top Floor 2BR Condo Heat & A/C Ocean View Deck $119,5OO 123 Breezewond Drive Four bedroom - two bath Cape Cod on large lot Two car garage & studio $149,900 5713 Delaware- Rehob. Three bedroom condo Second floor Recently rodoeorated $124,500