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Thursday, September 22, 2016

cannon in a garden...



historic cannon in the garden of the Churchill Island Heritage Farm...
The cannon is believed to have been given to Samuel Amess
by his friend and neighbour from nearby Cape Woolamai - Captain John Cleeland.
Perhaps it was his [Cleeland's] sea going experience which led him to extend hospitality to Lt. James Waddell of the Confederate raider the Shenandoah when she visited Melbourne in 1865. The vessel had sailed 44,000 miles in an epic raiding voyage during which she touched port only twice. Obviously impressed by the warm welcome afforded by Cleeland, Lt Waddell responded by leaving a cannon and some cannon balls. Today the cannon can be seen in front of the Churchill Island homestead.
- more on the Cleeland family HERE...

ammunition
archived curiosity
sea connections


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5 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That was a bit of an odd present Gemma but thinking about it, from one man to another it was probably very much appreciated :)

Jim said...

Interesting

Sheryl Josephine Page Raun Chambers said...

excellent.

William Kendall said...

Quite a memento!

Lesley said...

Perhaps Cleeland didn't have a good cannon of his own? Though, I wonder if, or how many, cannon balls were used as there seem to be a few left. It is nicely displayed.

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