Tuesday, July 6, 2010

1798 cannon now on display

The 18-pounder cannon the museum received a few months from the conservation lab is now on display in the museum's War of 1812 gallery.  The gun was made in England in 1798 and is an excellent example of the type of weapon used  by not only the U.S. Navy, but the world's navies. The cannon was being used as ballast in the sloop-of-war Constellation when conservators removed it and spent months conserving the artifact.  Already gathering attention from museum visitors, an interactive display will soon accompany it.

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