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History Files | The triangle of fire


Last updated 12/11/2019 at 12:21pm

Washington has some lovely state parks that were once a part of the coast defense system. Fort Casey on Whidbey Island was one of the forts. Also Fort Worden at Port Townsend and Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island across Port Townsend Bay.

Those three parks were once the keystones of the Triangle of Fire, designed to prevent a battle fleet from steaming into Puget Sound to bombard Seattle and the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. Incidentally, a fleet entering Puget Sound would have steamed right by Mukilteo if it had been inclined to bombard lesser targets.

The idea of the design of the Triangl...

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