Built in 1942, this battery was one of several on the Peaks Island Military Reservation. It was intended to defend Portland Harbor and its wartime shipping traffic against U-boat attacks. Sixty-five years later, post-9/11 paranoiacs have seized this and other island fortresses as the ultimate defensible vacation retreat.
Nevertheless, these defenses proved useless against an architectural kitsch bomb packed with "New England coastal vernacular" shrapnel. Such senseless destruction... but Battery Cravens survives.