Civil War Cannon Replica To Be Fired At Fort Macon

A 7,000-pound, 20-foot Civil War cannon installed on the ramparts of Fort Macon on the North Carolina coast is about to make some noise.

The cannon will be dedicated on Saturday. It was built by Wayne Community College students.

Wayne Community College management instructor Kirk Keller said the cannon will be loaded with five pounds of powder. Keller said if the cannon was loaded with a cannon ball, it could travel as far as 3 miles. Without the cannonball, Keller said the firing will still impress those attending.

The ceremony will include the unveiling of a plaque recognizing the efforts of students, faculty and staff to build the cannon.


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  • by Mark Location: Mill Creek on Jan 30, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    If Lubba would do some investigation instead of talking out the side of his mouth, They would find out that the monies used for the gun powder and supplies are donated by the Friends of Fort Macon and visitors. Do some research before you bitch.
  • by RdoubleD on Jan 30, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    For those about to rock..........FIRE!
  • by Delta Location: Winterville on Jan 29, 2011 at 10:33 PM
    So when is it scheduled to shoot? The headline did not give details.
  • by yukon Location: down east on Jan 29, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    put a cannon ball in it and aim it at one of those trawlers catching our inshore fish
  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 29, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    hey bev,,,catch this.
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Jan 29, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    I question if the cannon is 20 feet long. I bet that the cannon and it's carriage are 20 feet long, combined. Sure would like to hear it roar!
  • by Lubba Location: No Where on Jan 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Well, since the State paid 18 thousand for it(despite in a budget crunch time)I guess they can waste alittle more money on gun powder. A little bit of waste always kinda makes the big waste go away. Maybe some of our current and newly past State politicans can stand in front of it when they fire it to get the best look at what pork barrel money looks like.
  • by sea trout Location: hyde county on Jan 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    Fire away friends, but do not fire my way! Seriously though, it is of utmost importance to American Heritage that we keep doing things like this. Thanks.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    Outstanding!
  • by Yes! Location: South of the Mason Dixion Line on Jan 29, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Put some balls in that thing and a Yankee ship replica in the inlet to shoot at. Then, I'll pay to see it in operation!
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