Jul 19, 2012, 10:12 PM
Visiting Battery Bienvenue & Fort Pike
A visit to Battery Bienvenue. Took the metal detector, but impossible to even attempt to use it. Took photos then went fishing. Went to another area to fish and was in view of Fort Pike Did find 2 Indian pottery sherds on a shell midden. Had better luck fishing, bringing home some speckled trout, rat reds, sheepshead. Did catch a stingray too.
A little about Battery Bienvenue ruins...
Battery Bienvenue is a ruined coastal gun battery located in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. It was built as part of the harbor defense of New Orleans, Louisiana and located at a strategic fork where Bayou Bienvenue and Bayou Villere join. The Bayou Bienvenue approach to New Orleans from Lake Borgne was the route used by the British in the War of 1812 to approach the city.
The battery was first constructed in 1815 and improved over the years. The initial armament was planned for one 24 pounder and two 18 pounder cannons. In 1826, the plan expanded to twenty four 24/32 pounders and two 13 inch mortars with a garrison on one artillery company. Eventually four buildings occupied the parade, a barracks, officer quarters, a guardhouse and a magazine. The battery was about 600 feet wide with the guns pointed toward the mouth of Bayou Bienvenue (toward Lake Borgne) and was surrounded by a moat that connected to the bayou. The battery was abandoned after the American Civil War in 1872.
http://www.expeditionnola.com/2012/05/battery-bienvenue.html#!/2012/05/battery-bienvenue.html Many more pic
A little about Fort Pike...
Fort Pike is a decommissioned 19th century fort, named after Brigadier General Zebulon Montgomery Pike, which formerly guarded the Rigolets pass in Louisiana. It was near the community of Petite Coquille, Louisiana, and now within the city limits of New Orleans, and was long a tourist attraction. It was damaged by the Hurricane Katrina storm surge in 2005. The fort was built in 1818 to guard against British reinvasion of the United States. It came under the control of the Louisiana Continental Guard in 1861, just weeks before Louisiana joined the Confederacy. The Union reclaimed the fort in 1862 while resident troops were engaged at the Battle of Vicksburg.
The fort was abandoned in 1890, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Despite having changed hands multiple times in a history spanning at least two major wars, no cannon was ever fired in battle at Fort Pike.
Fort Pike, along with the slightly smaller Fort Macomb, are the only two forts in the country that still have their citadels intact.
Before Hurricane Katrina, the fort's brick-and-mortar structure was decaying. The storm surge exacerbated the problems, temporarily completely submerging the entire fort, and destroyed adjacent state park buildings. The site officially reopened on May 2, 2008 . However, due to damage caused by Hurricane Gustav in early September 2008, the park was closed indefinitely. As of June 2009 the fort was open and was undergoing extensive repairs and restoration work.
More pics of Fort Pike... http://www.angelfire.com/la3/judyb/FTPIKE.html
Last edited by River Rat; Jul 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM.
Jul 19, 2012, 10:20 PM
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Musta been a bear to pinpoint that!
I have to take my detector out for a walk every now & then. If I don't, it starts leaving little piles of pull tabs all over the house!!
Jul 19, 2012, 10:26 PM
That cannon would look's very nice in your front lawn.
Jul 19, 2012, 11:39 PM
omg get help and get that bad boy home to your house.. I love it.
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Jul 20, 2012, 03:58 AM
Wow very cool site. Almost worth clearing off areas yourself just to search...lol you'd need a tractor with attachment...
Jul 20, 2012, 07:45 AM
i miss fishing in the gulf for specks and reds. nice job on the fishing
Jul 20, 2012, 07:47 AM
Jul 20, 2012, 09:28 AM
very cool...are you allowed to detect this site or is it 'protected'?
If you are allowed to salvage that cannon I definately would.
Jul 20, 2012, 11:57 AM
Hell, I threw several out because I kept tripping over them...
Tried using one as a barn door stop...too heavy and broke the door hinges...
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Jul 20, 2012, 02:53 PM
I am surprised that the place was allowed to become overgrown like that.
Jul 20, 2012, 03:44 PM
I have a one ton dump truck if you need help with that river rat. I'm in boston though you'll have to pay for my gas.PM me if you need my help,just kidding.
Jul 20, 2012, 04:45 PM
Jul 27, 2012, 12:08 PM
you do realize that the battery is private property. It is owned by the fos family. There were three brothers, which one of them was my grand father. There were camps there and he used to leave every tuesday to go down there and come back on sunday. He loved it that was his life.Storms have taken its toll on it and a lot a whole lot of land has been lost. With it surronded by water not easy to get to. but when my grandpa was alive he had all the cannons set up with the cannon balls he even had a garden growing back there. That was his live and i have fond memories going to the boat launch after sunday dinner and seeing him coming down the bayou in the boad so that we can pick him up. I Dont mind people going there and seeing it. But just respect it. I which i could do more to protect it but the water has taken its toll. thanks
Originally Posted by River Rat
Jul 27, 2012, 12:14 PM
you are not allowed to salvage anything---the property is owned by my family
Jul 27, 2012, 01:38 PM
I thought that when a gun was abandoned it usually was "spiked" so no one else could use it? But I haven't seen pictures of spiked gunsl that I recall. Oh, I know where I got that...My dad was in WWII and he said that the guns were spiked when artillery was sure to be captured. By spikeing I mean they would stop up the barrel and fire a charge behind it, which would cause the muzzle to rupture making the gun useless. Monty
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