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Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

"St. Barbara"

Santa Barbara's Six Pound Gun

 
 
"St. Barbara" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
1. "St. Barbara" Marker
Inscription.  This cannon is a replica of one of the six pound bronze guns supplied to the U.S. revenue cutter "Lawrence” when it served under the command of Captain Ottinger, patrolling the California Coast from 1843 to 1851. Gun powder was poured into the end of the barrel, followed by a cannon ball and wadding. A ramrod was then used to firmly seat these components. The cannon would be fired by holding a flame next to the "touch hole" at the rear of the cannon.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 34° 24.584′ N, 119° 41.143′ W. Marker is in Santa Barbara, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on Stearns Wharf, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Barbara CA 93101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stearns Wharf (here, next to this marker); Historic Capstan (a few steps from this marker); Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Stearns Wharf Fire (within shouting distance of this marker);
"St. Barbara" Cannon and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
2. "St. Barbara" Cannon and Marker
Santa Barbara Veterans' Memorial Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fly To-Day (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sambo's Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Burton Mound (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Barbara.
 
More about this marker. The marker and cannon are located on the west side of Stearns Wharf, roughly at the bend in the wharf.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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