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Canon in front of fire station could be restored
City Councilman Matt Kelly will discuss with the council a proposal at Tuesday’s meeting to work with the National Guard Association on a project to restore the cannon that sits in front of the fire station on Princess Anne Street.
Kelly said he believes the cannon is a “Model 1841 six pounder” and was turned over to the city by the state Adjutant General in June 1852.
He said the cannon is unique because it is cast iron and few were made because of durability problems during testing.
He said he thinks it is one of six pieces imported from Sweden.
The city only used the cannon in Fourth of July celebrations and was housed in the City Armory (which is now the Circuit Courthouse).
The National Guard Association restores guns like these and has taken an interest in the one here, Kelly said. They’ve offered to raise the money needed and have a proper gun carriage made and restore the barrel.
Kelly is proposing that he and a member of the city staff “enter into discussions with representatives of the National Guard Association to set out the conditions for the guns restoration and placement.”