Cannon gets a new home

2018-11-06 06:01
The cannon, when it was found buried under a pavement in Orange Street, in 2013. PHOTO: Bruce Sutherland

The cannon, when it was found buried under a pavement in Orange Street, in 2013. PHOTO: Bruce Sutherland

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A cannon discovered during construction work over five years ago is set to be rehomed in the Company’s Garden.

The cannon was discovered while workers were busy digging trenches along Orange Street, to install electrical cables (“Cannon unearthed from city street”, People’s Post, 10 September 2013). Workers discovered the artefact, which they said resembled a metal pipe.

It appears that the cannon may have at one stage been repurposed as a bollard, before being covered over.

At the time of the discovery, it was stated that the cannon may be exhibited on approval of Heritage Western Cape.

The artefact is mostly likely a Swedish-cast gun made for the Dutch East India Company or the Amsterdam Admiralty, a City of Cape Town report on the cannon states.

The cannon, which has been in storage at the Company’s Garden, is now set to be incorporated into an on-site “touch display” for children.

At a recent meeting of the Company’s Garden Steering Committee, it was stated that the cannon is expected to be installed in the area where the small fountain used to be. The fountain was stolen in one of several incidents of vandalism at the garden (“Heritage on lockdown”, People’s Post, 2 October).

No date for the installation of the cannon had been provided by the City at the time of going to print.

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