Colonial Era cannon unearthed at Cape Fear

The cannon was found by a dredging company under contract with the Army Corps of Engineers. The artefact was recovered ear the property boundary between Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site and the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, North Carolina, USA.

Cannon (by Christina Haley)

The cannon was found in a river, about a mile and a half out from the historic site of Brunswick Town. The artefact was uncovered and is currently wrapped in burlap and under a light water spray to keep it wet, at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson awaiting conservation efforts. The weapon measures 2.3 metres long and appears to have burst, possibly caused by a casting flaw. The bore is 2.3-metres and 10 centimetres in diameter, which could equate to a 6- to 9-pound gun. It appears also to have been in use prior to 1756.

Cannon after unearthing (by Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site)

Few features were found on the surface. They include a chunk of the muzzle missing. The gun was also found empty, which is an indicator that the cannon could have burst while being fired.

The full cannon Cannon after unearthing (by Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site)

(after Port City Daily, Christina Haley & Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *