Cannon in Prospect Park
Posted by ppna on December 25, 2007
The site History of Fort McClary states that this 10-inch Seacoast Parrott rifle was sent to Ypsilanti in 1892 from Fort McClary in Maine. I have the date of 1902 in my notes. I’m going to have to check with the Ypsilanti Historical Society to find out more information. I’ve lost my original notes on the Cannon but I believe I read it took a special act of Congress for us to get the Cannon but this was done because of Ypsilanti’s help in the Civil War. Don’t worry I’ll get the truth.
I received this email as a reponse to an inquiry to the canon/gun/rifle
Based on your photo, the gun was made in 1865 at either Watertown Arsenal, Mass., or West Point Foundry, New York. It's hard to tell from the markings. Serial number looks to be #1. I'll have to ask around for sure. It was a 10-inch rifled gun (the rifling sleeve is still visible in the throat). Very powerful gun for the day. I was not aware of the gun numbers for the Parrott guns used in Kittery (I assume it is the same gun that was once in Maine), and it's good to see one of the guns still exists and wasn't caught up in the 1940s scrap metal drives. Give me a week or two to find my files and I'll get back to you. To answer one question, it was never fired in anger, only practice shots (at least while it was used in Maine).
As a side note: In 1976 Mrs. Clarke’s 6th grade class from Adams Elementary buried a time capsule alongside the cannon. The capsule contained items donated by the class. What is in the capsule and exactly where it is is not known. We do know, from an Ypsilanti Press article from the time, that it is buried close to the cannon and about 3 or 4 feet down.