May 3, 2012

Historic battle cannon heads to Bath

On loan to Portland for 118 years, this veteran of a sea battle in the War of 1812 has a new home.

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

 

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Steve Bosse, an employee of Cote Crane and Rigging, guides the historic cannon as a crane moves it Thursday from the steps of Portland City Hall to a truck for transport to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath for the bicentennial exhibit of the War of 1812.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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Cote Crane and Rigging moved the 1,200-pound weapon to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Pictured are Derrick Plummer, left, Brian Bosse, back right, and Steve Bosse.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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Researchers believe the cannon moved from Portland City Hall Thursday was on the British warship HMS Boxer when it famously battled the USS Enterprise off Monhegan Island in 1813.

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This symbol on the cannon signifies that it belonged to the King of England, according to Ken Crocker, a volunteer of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

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