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Fort Randolph (Panama)

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Fort Randolph (Panama)

Fort Randolph (Panama) was a Coast Artillery Corps fort built to defend the northern end of the Panama canal in conjunction with Fort Sherman.


Fort Randolph was built on Margarita Island which had been connected to the mainland by a railway causway, so that the eastern breakwater of Limon Bay could be built. Like most of the Panama forts, construction began in 1913 and the breakwater was complete in 1916. The fort itself was completed on 9 April 1920 and named after Major General Wallace F. Randolph. After WWI, emplacements were added for the M1920 railway guns. These emplacements were located east of Battery Tidball.


The following batteries were built on the fort.

See also


  • Military Railroads on the Panama Canal Zone by Charles S. Small, Railroad monographs 1982

External links

  • Map of Fort Randolph [1]
  • , December 1934 pp.844-845Popular Mechanics"Gun Train Guards Ends of Panama Canal -- Rolling Fort Crosses Isthmus in Two Hours" excellent drawings in article on the 14-inch M1920 railway gun
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