Wartime Shadows

Wartime Shadows
Battery Murphy - East Point
Nahant, Massachusetts
Battery Murphy - East Point, Nahant, Massachusetts
Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox

During World War II, East Point bristled with the highest concentration of larger guns in the Boston Harbor defenses. This included the two 16-inch guns of Battery John Murphy in the center of the Point, the two rapid-firing 6-inch guns of Battery 206 on the southwest tip, and the two temporary 155 mm guns that were emplaced in Panama mounts on the southeast tip early in the war. East Point also features a massive underground bunker that housed the plotting room for Battery Murphy and a control point at the eastern tip for the underwater magnetic detection loop cables that were part of the harbor defenses.

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