• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Battery Chamberlin

Docent leading loading demonstration of the gun

Docent leading loading demonstration
of the "disappearing gun."

Built near Baker Beach in 1904, Battery Chamberlin was constructed to accommodate the lighter, stronger, more powerful coastal defense artillery developed in the late nineteenth century.

Today, Battery Chamberlin holds the last 6-inch "disappearing gun" of its type on the west coast. On the first full weekend of each month, you can take part in demonstrations of the gun and visit a small seacoast defense museum at the battery.

Demonstrations are typically held between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

Click here to learn more about the history of Battery Chamberlin.

 
 

Did You Know?

United States Capitol Building

In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.