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Stonington Historical Society gives cannon to Massachusetts group

Published January 20. 2014 4:00AM

Stonington - The Stonington Historical Society has transferred a restored 1,800-pound cannon initially thought to have been aboard a British warship that attacked the borough during the Battle of Stonington in 1814 to the Falmouth (Mass.) Historical Society where it will go on display.

The Stonington Historical Society acquired the cannon, which was thought to have been aboard the HMS Nimrod, in 2000 from the Kendall Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass., after it was recovered off Buzzards Bay.

But according to the historical society, some scholars believe the cannon actually dates back to the Revolutionary War and was jettisoned months before the battle. The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory spent four years restoring the cannon for the society, which does not have space to display it indoors. The transfer took place Saturday at the American Velvet Mill, where it had been stored.

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