Fort Casey is quite extensive, and I took many pictures covering most of the southern batteries.
Signal and Plotting Buildings
Fire Control Ruins
End of Tour
Being soaked to the skin, cold, and not sure if my equipment would hold up in the weather, I wasn’t able to fully explore everything. On a future trip I want to look at the mortar pits, power room, switchboard, Coincidence Range Finder Station, and maybe further explore the signal ruins. Down near the beach are two searchlight pits, and there are some objects just south of Battery Turman on older mans that also show up on Google Earth, but not newer parks maps. With the bulk of the main batteries out of the way, I can get to these other areas with plenty of time.
Fort Casey’s Endicott period was completed by 1905, at which time a Taft-directed board was reviewing fortifications with Spanish-American War experiences in mind. The Taft board added more searchlights, communication equipment, and electricity as well as tweaking defensive policies, but these modernizations were already on their way to being outdated as the aviation age began. By WWI the Endicott fortifications were hopelessly outclassed by ship-based armaments, and Fort Casey was stripped of weapons for use in Europe, although some construction did continue through 1918.
Fort Casey would see use during WWII as once again fears of enemy fleets contesting the straits into the Bremerton shipyards and major cities like Seattle emerged. In 1942 a new coastal defense program was initiated, and some of Fort Casey was converted for rapid-firing cannons and anti-aircraft emplacements, however by 1944 even these were outdated.