What is left of two 100-pound Parrott rifles that were mounted on these granite platforms in the 1870s. The barrels had spiral grooves called rifling that caused the projectile to spin, making it much more accurate and destructive than the earlier smoothbore cannons that fired round shot.
Fort Massachusetts is located on West Ship Island, one of the Mississippi Gulf Coasts barrier islands. Part of the Gulf Island National Seashore, it is located 12 miles off the coast from the Biloxi/Gulfport area.
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June 12th, 2019
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