Yesterday the museum took possession of a piece of Newfoundland military history – a cannon purported to have been used by the French in the Battle of Signal Hill. This cannon was once displayed in Buckmaster’s Field – site of Royal Canadian Navy shore barrack’s and home to a number of military units until they were moved to Pleasantville, including the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
As members of the museum community we take seriously our mandate to preserve and interpret our history. We feel it is important to step in where we can and take possession of historical artifacts for future generations. As we go through the process of prepping the cannon for display we encourage anyone with information on this particular cannon to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We send a shout out to everyone who came out to help load and unload the cannon. Special thanks to the Grand Concourse authority who gave us a place to store it while we prepare to bring it back to life.
Museum Chair Frank Gogos, committee member Chris Butt, WO Jim Prowse Regiment Band, past chair Regimental Advisory Council Ron Penney, and former President of the Newfoundland Labrador Command of the Royal Canadian Legion Frank Sullivan volunteered to load the cannon onto the truck for transportation and storage.