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Sackets Harbor in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon

 
 
Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
1. Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Marker
Inscription.
Smoothbore Muzzle
Loader Cannon


Length: 10.4 feet - Wieight: About 6,500 pounds
Bore diameter: 6.5 inches - Range: 1,900 yards at 5 elevation


This 1960s reproduction of a War of 1812, 32-pounder cannon was created for the site's Navy Yard where Fort Tompkins once stood. The original fort cannon, nicknamed the "Old Sow," was mounted on a pivot carriage. At a short-range of 100 yards, a 32-pound iron cannonball could penetrate over three feet of solid oak. Cannon of this type were "battleship" guns used on ships like the U.S.S. Superior at Sackets Harbor.

 
Location. 43° 56.843′ N, 76° 7.751′ W. Marker is in Sackets Harbor, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street east of Ontario Street. Touch for map. This historical marker is located along a walking path that leads from the battlefield to the site of Fort Kentucky where the British assault on the defenses of Sackets Harbor began, and is situated between the cut grass areas of Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Park and the tall grass areas just southwest of the battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Sackets Harbor NY 13685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
2. Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Marker
View of both the historical marker and the cannon up on the nearby mound.
distance of this marker. The British Advance is Halted (within shouting distance of this marker); British Attack on Sackets Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); The British Observation Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Kentucky (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Landing Area (about 500 feet away); American Dragoon Commander Wounded (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Sackets Harbor Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
3. Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Marker
A distant view of the historical marker looking northwest, toward the Battlefield park, along the park walking path.
Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
4. Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Marker
A distant view of the historical marker, situated along the park walking path, looking southeast, away from the Battlefield park and toward Horse Island.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 27, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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