Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Artillery (5) Ontario, Acton, Alexandria, Amherstburg, Arden, Arnprior and Arthur

Artillery in Ontario, Acton, Alexandria, Amherstburg, Arden, Arnprior and Arthur

Data current to 14 July 2019.

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document every historical piece of artillery preserved in Canada.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these guns to provide and update the data found on these web pages.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Guns and Artillery in Canada would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com.

For all official data concerning the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, please click on the link to their website:

Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Website

Note: Back in the day, artillery in Canada was referred to by its radio call sign "Sheldrake".  It is now referred to by its "Golf" call sign.  (Acorn sends)

Acton

 (Terry Honour Photo)

155mm M109 SP Howitzer, CFR 6834847, behind the Action Legion at 25 Wright Ave.

 (Terry Honour Photo)

 M113 APC behind the Action Legion at 25 Wright Ave.

Alexandria

6-pounder 7-cwt QF Anti-Tank Gun, RCA, training in England early in 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4542723)

6-pounder 7-cwt QF Anti-Tank Gun in Normandy France, summer 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4233179)

6-pounder 7-cwt QF Anti-Tank Gun in Normandy France, summer 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4542692)


6-pounder 7-cwt QF Anti-Tank Gun, No. 1 of 2 (South) beside the town cenotaph.  (Photos courtesy of Terry Honour)

6-pounder 7-cwt QF Anti-Tank Gun,  No. 2 of 2 (North) beside the town cenotaph.   (Photo courtesy of Terry Honour)

Amherstburg

3-inch/40 20-cwt QF Mk. I Anti-Aircraft Gun on a Naval Gun mount, standing in front of the Royal Canadian Legion at 281 Dalhousie Street.  Approximately one-thousand of these gun-mounts were built in Canada, many, possibly all of them by the Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CPR) Ogden Shops in Calgary, Alberta.  (IWM Photo Q 18493)

Amherstburg, Fort Malden National Historic Site

Fort Malden, formally known as Fort Amherstburg, was built by the British in 1795 as a defence fortification to preserve the security of British North America against the potential threat of American Invasion.  During the War of 1812, Major-General Isaac Brock and First Nations Chief Tecumseh met at this fort to plan the Siege of Detroit.  The Fort also played an important role in securing Upper Canada's border with Detroit during the Upper Canada Rebellion.

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight TBC, maker and Serial No. TBC, mounted on an iron garrison carriage, No. 1.  The Blomefield 32-pounder 56-cwt Gun has a length of 9 feet 6 inches.  It is the most common 32-pounder in Canada and can be recognized by a reinforcing ring that is slightly raised followed by a definite "step-down" in the barrel just forward of the trunnions heading to the muzzle.  (Ken Lund Photos)

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight TBC, maker and Serial No. TBC, mounted on a wood naval gun garrison carriage, No. 2.


Cast Iron 9-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight and Serial No. unknown, mounted on a wood naval gun carriage, No. 3.   (Photo courtesy of Colincan)

Blomefield Cast Iron 24-pounder 50-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 51-1-2 (5,742 lbs), King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, (1806 on left trunnion), reproduction, mounted on an iron garrison carriage.  South Bastion.

Blomefield Cast Iron 24-pounder 50-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 49-3-21 (5,593 lbs), King George III cypher, (1817) on left trunnion, reproduction, mounted on an iron garrison carriage weight 21-3-22 (2,458 lbs).  North Bastion.

Blomefield Cast Iron 24-pounder 50-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 49-3-23 (5,595 lbs), (1806) on left trunnion, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, reproduction.

Blomefield Cast Iron 18-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 38-3-2 (4,342 lbs), (1806) on left trunnion, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, reproduction, carriage grounded.  North Bastion.

Cast Iron 6-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 11-2-14 (1,304 lbs), King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, PXM H, reproduction, mounted on a wood carriage.  South Bastion.

Cast Iron 6-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, reproduction, mounted on a wood carriage.  Brick Barracks.

Amherstburg Royal Naval Dockyard - King's Navy Yard

The Amherstburg Royal Naval Dockyard - King's Navy Yard is located on the outskirts of Fort Malden overlooking the Detroit River.  The site was constructed in 1796 to service the ships of the Royal Navy.  Demolished in 1813, it is now a park, located at 240-250 Dalhousie St.

  (Andrea_44 Photo)

Cast Iron 32-pounder 17-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Carronade with a Blomefield pattern breeching ring, weight TBC, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a concrete stand facing the Detroit River, No. 1 of 3.   The carronade is a short smoothbore, cast iron cannon, which was used by the Royal Navy and first produced by the Carron Company, an ironworks in Falkirk, Scotland.  It was used from the 1770s to the 1850s.  Its main function was to serve as a powerful, short-range anti-ship and anti-crew weapon.  While considered very successful early on, carronades eventually disappeared as rifled naval artillery changed the shape of the shell and led to fewer and fewer close-range engagements.

Cast Iron 32-pounder 17-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Carronade with a Blomefield pattern breeching ring, weight TBC, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a concrete stand facing the Detroit River, No. 2 of 3.

Cast Iron 32-pounder 17-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Carronade with a Blomefield pattern breeching ring,  weight TBC, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a concrete stand facing the Detroit River, No. 3 of 3.

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight, maker and Serial No. unknown, mounted on a wooden naval gun carriage, located at the entrance to the park on Dalhousie Street between Richmond Street and Rankin Ave, next to the historical plaque "The Great Sauk Trail". 

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight TBC, maker and Serial No. TBC, mounted on an iron garrison carriage, No. 1 of 2 flanking the cenotaph.

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight TBC, maker and Serial No. TBC, mounted on an iron garrison carriage, No. 2  of 2 flanking the cenotaph. 

Arden

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08/15 Machinegun (Serial Nr. TBC), mounted on a concrete stand beside the town cenotaph in Kennebeck Memorial Park.  Possibly (Serial No. 1842) captured ca 1918 by the 20th Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), in France; or, (Serial No. 1350) captured on 23 Aug 1917 by the 44th Battalion, 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), at Alpaca Trench, between Arras Road and Green Crassier, S.W. outskirts of Lens, France.  (Photos courtesy of Terry Honour)

Arnprior

Cast Iron 12-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun with Millar-pattern breeching ring, reproduction, mounted on a wooden carriage, Old Arnprior Post Office/Town Museum.  (Terry Honour Photo 1, model12 Photos 2-4)

Arthur

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, 12 Fd Park.  (Photos courtesy of Bob Elliott)