Fort Anne Historic Site
Fort Anne is Canada's oldest national historic site.
It was declared a Dominion (federal) park in 1917.
GPS location: 44°44'31"N 65°31'08"W
This cannon is named LA RUGISSANT, "The Roaring One".
Bronze Guns of Leutze Park|
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Close up of name LE VIGOUREUX (The Vigorous One) on a French bronze cannon
Close up of name LE BELLIQUEUX (The Warlike One) on a French bronze cannon
Close up of name EL TOSICO (The Poisonous One) on a Spanish bronze cannon
Artillery Through the Ages|
A Short Illustrated History of Cannon...
The cannon of the late 1600s (and well into the 1700s) was an ornate masterpiece
of the foundryman's art, covered with escutcheons, floral relief, scrolls, and
Many guns were personalized with names cast in raised letters on the gun.
Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, has a 4-pounder "San Marcos,"
and, indeed, saints' names were not uncommon on Spanish ordnance.
Other typical names were El Espanto (The Terror), El Destrozo (The Destroyer),
El Toro (The Bull), and El Belicoso (The Quarrelsome One).
ULTIMA RATIO REGUM
The decorative lifting handles were often cast in the shape of stylized dolphins.
The centerline of the trunnions was placed slightly ahead of the center of gravity of the gun.
The handles were placed so that the lifting point was slightly behind the trunnion centerline.
The first reinforce bears the famous device
of the "Sun King", Louis XIV
with his motto, NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR.
"Not unequal to many" was Louis' roundabout way of
describing himself as a match for any number of adversaries.
Tha above photographs were taken on 13 June 2003.
Other Old Cannons in Nova Scotia
What's the big deal about cannons?
Nowadays, cannon and other forms of artillery from the 1700s and 1800s are nothing more than quaint noise-makers. We see them only in the movies and on TV, or at occasional demonstrations at historic sites. In their day, cannons were the most powerful, far-reaching and fearsome weapons available...
Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin commonly used in
18th and 19th century artillery. Often mistakenly called brass.
Brass versus Bronze
BRASS: An alloy composed of copper and zinc
and not suitable for ordnance.
BRONZE: An alloy composed of copper and tin
and definitely suitable for ordnance.
A metal made of two or more pure metals (pure chemical elements),
mixed and melted together, is called an alloy.
Any alloy, or mixture, of copper and tin is called bronze.
Many bronze alloys also contain small amounts of other materials.
Bronze was one of the first alloys developed by metal workers
in ancient times. The Mesopotamians ushered in the Age of Bronze
about 4500 years ago. In the earliest fortified towns bronze was
used for shields, helmets, and battle axes.
4000 years ago the Chinese made early coins of bronze.
Bronze melts at a lower temperature than iron, reducing the
manufacturing cost. Bronze is softer and weaker than iron,
but bronze resists corrosion (especially seawater corrosion)
and metal fatigue better than iron. Because it does not rust,
bronze was preferred aboard ship or in seacoast forts.
Originally "bronze" was a term for copper alloys having
tin as the only or principal alloying element. In modern usage the
name "Bronze" is seldom used alone, and a term such as
"Phosphor Bronze" or "Aluminum Bronze" is used for
identifying alloys of copper and tin with small amounts of other
elements added to produce special characteristics.
Brass or Bronze?
As we prepare almost every issue of The Artilleryman Magazine
the confusion of "brass" and "bronze" comes up in things
written in an earlier time period when the terminology was
incorrect, or by modern writers who don't know the difference.
We recently came across this in Harold L. Peterson's
Round Shot and Rammers (Bonanza Books, 1969):
"In almost all the contemporary [18th and early 19th centuries]
references the term used is brass. Bronze is almost never mentioned.
Yet the alloy itself sometimes consisted only of copper and tin,
which would make it bronze according to a modern definition..."
The only brass guns were those made by the uninformed.
All surviving antique cannon of a copper-based alloy are
in fact "bronze." The actual definition of "gun metal" was
90 percent copper and 10 percent tin, which was the
strongest of the various bronze alloys.
— Submitted by Bill Anderson, 1st Continental Artillery
Online source: Brass or Bronze? — The NWTA Spy, Spring 2000
The Wayback Machine has archived copies of
Brass or Bronze? by Bill Anderson
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These links were accessed and found to be valid on 12 May 2010.
Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
Poutrincourt's 1607 Mill monument LeQuille
Arthur Kennedy tombstone LeQuille
Rawding Captains monument Clementsport
Annapolis Iron Mining Company monument Clementsport
Clementsport war memorial Clementsport
Edward Phinley Morse plaques Clementsport
Clementsvale war memorial Clementsvale
Loyalist Park cannons Digby
Barton war memorial Barton
Bear River war memorial Bear River
Smiths Cove war memorial Smiths Cove
Monument: Bloody Creek 1757 Bloody Creek
1849 Nova Scotia Pony Express Monument Victoria Beach
Port Royal Habitation 1605-1613 Port Royal
Scotch Fort 1629-1632 monument Port Royal
Memorial: Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 1940-1945 Middleton
Commonwealth Air Training Plan memorial, 1940-1945 Kingston
Bridgetown war memorial Bridgetown
Bay View cannons Bay View
S.S. Princess Louise monument Point Prim
Rossway war memorial Rossway
Little River war memorial Little River
Tiverton war memorial Tiverton
Freeport war memorial Freeport
Westport war memorial Westport
Joshua Slocum memorial Westport
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Latest update: 2013 October 08