Loose Cannon! Restorative Vacation Begins

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The cannons which have graced Fort Allen for years - and for many, since their childhood, were removed on June 18. They will be temporarily "vacationing" with our Friends at Evergreen Cemetery before hitting the road to repair and restoration.

Three cannons were removed from Fort Allen Park Tuesday morning as the first step in the Fort Allen Rehabilitation effort.  Two 4.5 siege rifles and their carriages as well as the 6-inch gun from the USS Maine we're lifted into the air thanks to donated crane operations from Keeley Crane Service. We are also appreciative of support from City staff, who made this morning's transition possible! The carriages and wheels of the Siege Howitzers have deteriorated significantly. We will be launching a campaign to raise funds both privately and thru charitable gifts and grants to cover repair costs. Our goal is to return the refurbished cannons to the Park in time for the Bicentennial Celebration of Fort Allen in October 2014!

The sagging wooden carriages will be replaced, the barrels will be treated with industrial paint coating and corrosion removed. New bases will be installed to protect the cannons from further sinking into the ground and a long-term maintenance program established.

Removal of the two 4.5 inch siege rifles with their carriages and a 6 inch gun from the USS Maine marks the first step in what has been a 2 1/2 year journey in planning the restoration of Fort Allen Park!

To learn more about funding opportunities, please contact info@easternpromenade.org.

For photographs of the event, please visit WCSH6.