Photographs of
Chester Legion
Cannons

pre-1761

Cast iron


Chester
Lunenburg County
Nova Scotia

Located at the intersection of Union Street and Duke Street

GPS location:   44°32'23"N   64°14'21"W



Cannons at Chester Legion

Photographed on 4 November 2002



Chester Legion: south cannon manufactured for King George II
Detail of south cannon
Manufactured for George II Rex

(King George II reigned 1727-1760.  These cannons were cast in 1760 or earlier.)

Photographed on 4 November 2002



Chester Legion: south cannon manufactured for King George II
Detail of south cannon

Photographed on 4 November 2002



Chester Legion: south cannon weighs 1734 kilograms

Photographed on 17 May 2003


The south cannon weighs 1734 kg.

The foundry marked this cannon's weight as 34 - 0 - 15,
meaning 34 hundredweight plus zero quarters plus 15 pounds.
One hundredweight equalled 112 pounds, and one quarterweight
equalled 28 pounds. Thus this cannon weighs 3823 pounds.
One kilogram equals 2.205 pounds.

This cannon's weight works out to 1734 kilograms
(at the time of manufacture, not much changed now).



Chester Legion: north cannon
North cannon

Photographed on 17 May 2003



Chester Legion: north cannon detail
North cannon detail

Photographed on 17 May 2003



Chester Legion: north cannon weighs 1686 kiolgrams

Photographed on 17 May 2003


The north cannon weighs 1686 kg.

The foundry marked this cannon's weight as 33 - 0 - 21,
meaning 33 hundredweight plus zero quarters plus 21 pounds.
Thus this cannon's weight is 3717 pounds, or 1686 kilograms
(at the time of manufacture, not much changed now).







Gilbert Chase Memorial Garden

Photographed on 25 August 2003



Plaque: Chester Defences 1750

Photographed on 25 August 2003

1750   CHESTER DEFENCES   1750
THESE 24 POUNDER GUNS WERE PART OF THE
BATTERY SET UP TO DEFEND CHESTER
FROM PRIVATEER RAIDS.
CAST DURING THE REIGN OF GEORGE II
THEY EACH WEIGH 3800 LBS.
PLACED IN THEIR PRESENT POSITION
AS A LEGION CENTENNIAL PROJECT
AUGUST 20, 1967
THIS PLAQUE DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
A. GEORGE AWALT M.M.


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...






Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
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Chester war memorial Chester war memorial Chester
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/chesmem.html


Chester bronze cannons Chester bronze cannons Chester
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/chesbronzcann.html


Norwegian war memorial at Chester Norwegian war memorial at Chester Chester
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/norchest.html


Chester firemen memorial Chester volunteer firemen memorial Chester
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/chesfire.html


Chester Basin war memorial Chester Basin war memorial Chester Basin
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/chbasinm.html


Western Shore war memorial Western Shore war memorial Western Shore
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/weshore.html


Military Engineers: Gold River Bridge Military Engineers Gold River Bridge
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/goldriver.html


Military Engineers: Martins River Bridge Military Engineers Martins River Bridge
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/martinsriver.html


M.R. Sabourin memorial plaque M.R. Sabourin memorial plaque Northwest Cove
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/sabourinmem.html


Hubbards war memorial Hubbards war memorial Hubbards
    http://ns1763.ca/hfxrm/hubbmem.html


New Ross war memorial New Ross war memorial New Ross
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/rossmem.html


Riverport war memorial Riverport war memorial Riverport
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/riverport.html


Mosher memorial Mosher memorial Lower LaHave
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/moshermem.html


Blockhouse Hill cannon Blockhouse Hill cannon Lunenburg
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/blockhsecann.html


Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, Bayswater Swissair Flight 111 Memorial Bayswater
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/swissbaysw.html


Chester Basin: Delbert Webber, blacksmith shop Delbert Webber, blacksmith shop Chester Basin
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/webberdel.html


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First uploaded to the WWW:   2002 November 08
Additional photographs installed:   2003 June 01
Additional photographs installed:   2005 June 04
Latest update:   2009 September 13