Historic Markers Across Florida

Navy Days at Fort Jefferson

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Location: On the grounds of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 37.668    W 082° 52.40
  24.6278    -82.87333333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMPYR0


Navy Days at Fort Jefferson

—Dry Tortugas National Park —

In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine sailed from this anchorage to her destruction in La Habana harbor. “Remember the Maine" became the rallying cry for the Spanish-American War that followed. The anchorage served the navy through World War I.

(upper right) On this concrete pad was one of the coaling facilities that fueled navy ships from 1901 to 1906. During navy occupation, the channel was dredged to accommodate deep-draft vessels in a protected anchorage adjacent to the fort.

(lower right) A few seaplanes were based at Fort Jefferson during World War I to patrol nearby shipping lanes.

National Park Service, US Department of Interior.