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Fort Gaines Historic Site
On Dauphin Island at the entrance to Mobile Bay, Alabama

Fort Gaines was created to guard the entrance to Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound. Though its artillery was up to the standard of the day, Admiral Farragut's fleet sucessfully ran through the barrage and went on to capture Mobile then New Orleans, a major defeat for the Confederacy.

Fort Gaines' most popular feature with today's tourists is the eight-seater latrine, designed to be flushed by tidal action. The fort is threatened by coastal erosion and has been damaged by several hurricanes.

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Damn the torpedoes

Damn the torpedoes

Admiral Farragut's famous words "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" may (or may not) have been spoken during the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Fort Gaines top level

Fort Gaines top level

On the top of the parapet at Fort Gaines, looking out over Mississippi Sound and the mouth of Mobile Bay.

Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Fort Gaines cannon

Fort Gaines cannon

Cannons on the ramparts, set up for a criss-cross fire over the mouth of Mobile Bay in conjunction with Fort Morgan.

Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Fort Gaines disappearing guns

Fort Gaines disappearing guns

In the late nineteenth century cannons were upgraded to disappearing guns. The gun's recoil would propel it backwards and down to below parapet level, out of sight and ready for reloading.

Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Fort Gaines latrine

Fort Gaines latrine

The tidally-flushed eight-man latrine inside the fortress wall.

Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Fort Gaines anchor

Fort Gaines anchor

An anchor from Admiral Farragut's flagship that sucessfully ran through the torpedoes (mine field) to enter Mobile Bay. Historians disagree on whether Farragut actually spoke the famous line "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead".

Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Estuary Institute boardwalk

Estuary Institute boardwalk

Boardwalk educational trail outside the Estuary Institute on Dauphin Island.

Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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