Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pic of the Day: Pickens--Bastion 'B' West

This is a follow-up to yesterday's picture, showing Fort Pickens' roofless west gallery in Bastion 'B'.

This room used to have a big arch like those of the south and north galleries, but it collapsed during a blasting project in 1916.

This one room has some incredibly cool brickwork--you can see how the other two big galleries are constructed, parts of what's left of this room's arch, and the smaller arches that spread out the weight of their walls so the gun ports wouldn't weaken the structure. You can still see the original brick flooring and the granite "traverse circles"--stone cut and joined in large arcs for a gun carriage to roll on.

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