The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 12 Sep., 1900


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A RELIC OF EARLY STRUGGLES

A diver who is working on the Soo river bottom in removing boulders from the steamboat channel, discovered a cannon which is believed to have been one of three guns that were thrown from a scow, to prevent their capture by our friends, the Yankees, in 1814. A party of United States soldiers came up from Mackinac that year, and in the absence of the men, attacked and destroyed the Hudson's Bay Company's post, driving the women and children into the woods, says the Algoma Pioneer. News of their approach proceeded the arrival of these invaders and these guns were trundled aboard a small scow with the intent to take them to a place of security. The appearance of the Yankee expedition caused a change in plan, and the guns were "committed to the deep." Such is the story related to the writer by a nonagenarian who now inhabits a kingdom of peace. The old relic is resurrected at an interesting period in the world's history, when Britain and America have joined hands and hearts to maintain peace by grasping the balance of power to make war next to impossible among civilized nations. True or erroneous as this assertion my be, let the old gun be cleaned and mounted to fire a salute next First and Fourth of July to commemorate this new era. The gun is a nine-pounder of the old Waterloo pattern.


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Date of Original:
12 Sep., 1900
Local identifier:
GLN.5619
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 12 Sep., 1900