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24 Pound Naval Gun

Circa 1800

 
 
24 Pound Naval Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
1. 24 Pound Naval Gun Marker
Inscription. Cast by the Hughes Foundry near Havre de Grace, Maryland about 1800. The Defense Act of 1794 authorized 180 similar guns to be manufactured. This gun is one of three known to exist today. Two similar guns are in Savannah, Georgia. This gun is marked with the Federal Eagle, serial number and weight. The gun weighs over 5000 pounds and is similar to guns that were used on the United States Frigate Constitution "Old Ironsides". Capable of shooting a 24 pound cannon ball about six inches in diameter for about one mile.

Found on the bank of the Sampit River during excavation for utility improvement behind the Rice Museum-Prevost Gallery in 1991. Its use since 1800 and reason to be in Georgetown are unknown.

Restored and preserved by the South Carolina Department of Archeology and Anthropology with funds provided by the Winyah Indigo Society of Georgetown.

Dedicated November 1999
 
Erected 1999.
 
Location. 33° 22.072′ N, 79° 17.182′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and King Street, on the right when traveling south on Front Street. Touch for map. Located at the foot of King Street in part of the Georgetown waterfront
24 Pound Naval Gun and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
2. 24 Pound Naval Gun and Marker
park. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kaminski House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Georgetown (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Hayne Rainey Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown’s Industrious Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown Steel Corporation (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing of Lafayette (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Kaminski House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Kaminski House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. Military
 
Cannon and Georgetown Tricentennial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
3. Cannon and Georgetown Tricentennial Marker
Close Up of the Eagle, Foundry Number, and Weight Markings image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
4. Close Up of the Eagle, Foundry Number, and Weight Markings
24 Pound Naval Gun Marker seen near Front Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 11, 2013
5. 24 Pound Naval Gun Marker seen near Front Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 942 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on May 12, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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