While at Fort Stevens on 22 Aug 2008, I checked out the progress of the gun restoration project at Battery Pratt. The Friends of Old Fort Stevens (FOOFS) are in the process of restoring the operational features of Battery Pratt’s 6″ gun #1 and it’s disappearing carriage. Jack Buckmeir completed the engineering from original drawings and designed the reconstruction from scratch. You have to see this to really appreciate the effort and attention to detail that Jack and FOOFS have put into this restoration.
When completed, they will simulate the loading of the gun, then trip it up into firing position, fire a small charge of powder, and finally retract the gun back into loading position. Significant progress has been made as you can see from the photos. To reconstruct the gun and its disappearing carriage will cost approximately $25,000.
You can help this outstanding project! Donations can be made to the Friends Of Old Fort Stevens, Inc. at P.O. Box 138, Hammond, OR 97121. Because they have a IRS 501(c) 3 designation, your donation may be tax deductible. Check with your tax person.
For more information call the Fort Stevens Museum store manager, Jim Forst, at (503) 861-1470. You can email FOOFS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their web page is at VisitFortStevens.com.
This post was written by JohnStanton on August 25, 2008