WEST FORT - HOUT BAY (WESTERN CAPE)
SOUTH AFRICAN CANNON ASSOCIATION
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ABOUT WEST FORT BATTERY
According to the Durr Record, there should be six 24-pounder and one 18-pounder Swedish cannon on this cannon site.
That makes seven cannon.
One of the 24 pounder Swedish cannon (Durr 460) is buried on the site with only part of the barrel and one trunnion visisble. (A trunnion is the part of a cannon barrel on which it rests on its carriage. A cannon has two trunnions - one on each side of the barrel; more or less in the middle of it lengthwise.Sometimes markings that are important for cannon identification can be found stamped onto the trunnion ends.)
A visit to this cannon site in 2011 found only the buried cannon. Enquiries to the Cannon Association Of South Africa (CAOSA) indicated that these cannon are under the custodianship of the Hout Bay Battery, which functions under the Hout Bay & Llundudno Heritage Trust and that the cannon were removed to a premises in Bellville where they are in a process of restoration.
Hopefully the missing cannon will be returned to their battery soon for the public to visit and appreciate their heritage.
VIEW THE HOUT BAY HERITAGE TRUST WEBSITE
Visit the Hout Bay Heritage Trust at http://www.houtbayheritage.org.za/index.html.
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Photos by Fanus van der Merwe (2013).