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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Artillery preserved in Canada 5: Ontario, Colborne to Halton Hills

Artillery preserved in the Province of Ontario, 

Colborne to Halton Hills

Data current to 20 Aug 2018.

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)

Colborne

(Photos courtesy of the Cramahe Township Public Library)

Millar SBML 8-inch 65-cwt Shell-Gun, weight 66-2-0, (7,448 lbs), B.F.C. (Serial No. 174), 1844.  No. 1, West of cenotaph in Victoria Square.

Millar SBML 8-inch 65-cwt Shell-Gun, weight 66-1-0 (7,420 lbs), Lowthmoor, 1844, (Serial No. 2327).  No. 2, East of cenotaph in Victoria Square.

Collingwood

 (Tim Laye Photo)

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 55-3-14 (6,258 lbs), (WCo) (Walker & Company) on left trunnion, (Serial No. 197) on right trunnion, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a concrete stand.  Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 63, 490 Ontario Street.

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 56-1-11 (6,311 lbs), (Serial No. 70502, CARRON, 1806) on left trunnion, (32P) on right trunnion, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a concrete stand.  Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 63.

 (Phil Radley Photo)

 (Tim Laye Photo)

German First World War 7.7-cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art (7.7-cm FK 96 n.A.), (Serial Nr. 3263), no data.

Cookstown

 (Phil Radley Photos)

German First World War 7.58-cm leichtes Minenwerfer neuer Art (7.58-cm leMW), (Serial Nr. 16214), mounted on a round iron stand at the cenotaph.  This trench mortar was captured by the 102nd Battalion near Beaucourt Wood, NW of Les Quesnel on 8 August 1918.

The 7.58 cm Minenwerfer a.A. (alter Art or old model) (7.58 cm leMW).  The Germans fielded a whole series of mortars before the beginning of the First World War.  Their term for them was Minenwerfer, literally mine-thrower; they were initially assigned to engineer units in their siege warfare role.  By the Winter of 1916-17, they were transferred to infantry units where the leMW's light weight permitted them to accompany the foot-soldiers in the advance.  In common with Rheinmetall's other Minenwerfer designs, the leMW was a rifled muzzle-loader that had hydraulic cylinders on each side of the tube to absorb the recoil forces and spring recuperators to return the tube to the firing position.  It had a rectangular firing platform with limited traverse and elevation.  Wheels could be added to ease transportation or it could be carried by at least six men.  In 1916, a new version, designated as the n.A. or neuer Art, was fielded that included a circular firing platform, giving a turntable effect, which permitted a full 360 degree traverse.  It also had a longer 16 inches (410 mm) barrel and could be used for direct fire between 0° and 27° elevation if the new 90 kg (200 lb) trail was fitted to absorb the recoil forces.  In this mode it was pressed into service as an anti-tank gun.

Cornwall

 (Maxwell Toms Photos)

SBML 12-pounder Carronade with Blomefield pattern breeching ring, weight 6-2-4 (732 lbs), broad arrow mark, mounted on a wood naval gun carriage.  Outside the Cornwall Armoury.

  (Maxwell Toms Photos) 

 (Author Photos)

Blomefield Cast Iron 24-pounder 50-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 50-3-20 (5,704 lbs), (Serial No. 70702, CARRON, 1807), King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a wood Naval Gun carriage, No. 1, outside the Cornwall Courthouse. 

  (Maxwell Toms Photos)

 (Author Photos)

Blomefield Cast Iron 24-pounder 50-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight >5,000 lbs, (WCo) (Walker & Company) on left trunnion, (Serial No. 962) on right trunnion, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a wood Naval Gun carriage, No. 2, outside the Cornwall Courthouse.

 (Terry Honour Photos)

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight >6,000 lbs, (Carron Serial No. 55047, 1796) on left trunnion, (32P) on right trunnion, George III Cypher, mounted on a concrete stand.  Weight markings are embedded in concrete stand.  This gun is located on the west side of the cenotaph in the Veterans Memorial Park at 2nd St W and Bedford St.

   

 (Terry Honour Photos)

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight >6,000 lbs, (WCo) Walker &Company on left trunnion, (Serial No. 371) on right trunnion, George III Cypher, mounted on a concrete stand.  Weight markings are embedded in concrete stand.  This gun is located on the east side of the cenotaph in the Veterans Memorial Park at 2nd St W and Bedford St.

 (Maxwell Toms Photo)

 (Tim Laye Photo)

155-mm C1 (M1A2) Medium Howitzer on M1A2 Carriage, aka M114, manufactured at Sorel Industries Limited in Quebec, Queen Elizabeth II cypher.  CFR 34424.  The carriage plate reads: CARR. HOW. 155MM M1A2 CDN. SOREL INDUSTRIES LTD. CANADA (year TBC), REG. NO. CDN 172, INSP (symbol).
 (Terry Honour Photos)
155mm M109 SP Howitzer, CFR 68-34841, located at the Legion at 415 Second St W.  

 (Terry Honour Photo)

German First World War 7.58-cm leichtes Minenwerfer neuer Art (7.58-cm leMW), (Serial Nr. 33750), mounted on a round iron stand with wood wheels, inside the Cornwall Armoury.  This trench mortar was captured by the 2nd Division in France, ca. 1918.  It was originally allocated to RMC.

Dundas, Hamilton

Blomefield SBML 12-pounder Gun, weight 34-0-14 (3,822 lbs), (Serial No. 70) on right trunnion, C, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a concrete stand in front of the Dundas Town Hall.

 (nhl4hamilton Photo)

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, Tac Signs for the Hamilton-Wentworth 11th Field Battery, RCA.  King Street West.

Dunnville

 (JustSomePics Photos)

Cast Iron 24-pounder 20-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 20-3-0 (2,324 lbs), 1847, mounted on a stone and concrete stand, No. 1 of 2, located in Central Park with one on the North side of the park at the intersection of Cedar Street and Broad Street West.

Cast Iron Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, No. 2 of 2, located on the South side of Cedar Street and Lock Street West.

Durham

 (JustSomePics Photos)

German First World War 17-cm mittlerer Minenwerfer (17-cm mMW), (Serial Nr. 1682), mounted on iron wheels, captured by the 13th Battalion.  City Park.

The 17 cm mittlerer Minenwerfer (17 cm mMW).  This mortar was useful in destroying bunkers and field fortifications otherwise immune to normal artillery.  It was a muzzle-loading, rifled mortar that had a standard hydro-spring recoil system. It fired 50 kilogram (110 lb) HE shells, which contained far more explosive filler than ordinary artillery shells of the same calibre.  The low muzzle velocity allowed for thinner shell walls, hence more space for filler. Furthermore, the low velocity allowed for the use of explosives like Ammonium Nitrate-Carbon that were less shock-resistant than TNT, which was in short supply.  This caused a large number of premature detonations that made crewing the minenwerfer riskier than normal artillery pieces.  A new version of the weapon, with a longer barrel, was put into production at some point during the war.  It was called the 17 cm mMW n/A (neuer Art) or new pattern, while the older model was termed the a/A (alter Art) or old pattern.  In action the mMW was emplaced in a pit, after its wheels were removed, not less than 1.5 meters deep to protect it and its crew.  It could be towed short distances by four men or carried by 17.  Despite its extremely short range, the mMW proved to be very effective at destroying bunkers and other field fortifications.  Consequently its numbers went from 116 in service when the war broke out to some 2,361 in 1918.

Eganville

155-mm C1 (M1A2) Medium Howitzer on M1A2 Carriage, aka M114, manufactured at Sorel Industries Limited in Quebec, Queen Elizabeth II cypher.  CFR 34447.  The carriage plate reads: CARR. HOW. 155MM M1A2 CDN. SOREL INDUSTRIES LTD. CANADA (year TBC), REG. NO. CDN 169, INSP (symbol).  This gun stands beside the cenotaph.

Elliot Lake

Ordnance QF 40-mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun.

Emo

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08 Machinegun, (Serial Nr. TBC), No. 1 of 2 beside the cenotaph at the corner of Colonization Rd and Jessie St.

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08 Machinegun, (Serial Nr. TBC), No. 2 of 2 beside the cenotaph at the corner of Colonization Rd and Jessie St.

Espanola

 (Terry Honour Photos)

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun, Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 39, 370 Annette St.

Essex

 (JustSomePics Photos)

German First World War 15-cm schwere Feldhaubitze 1902 (15-cm sFH 02), (Serial Nr. 452), 1905 (no data).

Finch

 (Cam Martel Photo)

 (Loonwatcher Photo)

Ordnance QF 40-mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun, mounted on a wheeled carriage, in front of Royal Canadian Legion.

 (Terry Honour Photos)

German First World War 24-cm Flügelminenwerfer ‘Iko’, Albrecht (Serial Nr. 2715), 1917.  This trench mortar is located front of the Legion on Hwy 43 between Goldfield Road & Mainstreet.

Flesherton

 (Phil Radley Photo)

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08 Machinegun, (Serial Nr. 22278), mounted on a Schlitten stand.  This MG 08 was captured by the 50th Battalion near Dury, France, 2 Sep 1918.  It stands on the left side of the cenotaph.

 (Phil Radley Photo)

German First World War 7.58-cm leichtes Minenwerfer neuer Art (7.58-cm leMW), (Serial Nr. 4449), AEG M1916, captured by the 54th Battalion at Vimy, France, 9 April 1917.  This mortar is on the right side of the cenotaph.

Fordwich

 (Tim Laye Photos)

German First World War 7.58-cm leichtes Minenwerfer neuer Art (7.58-cm leMW), (Serial Nr. 33912), captured by the 59th Battalion (Ontario), CEF, at Bourlon Wood, France, 27 Sep 1918.

Fort Erie

The page for artillery preserved in Ontario has grown too large to download quickly, therefore the guns on display at Fort Erie are listed on a separate web page on this website.

Gananoque

 (Terry Honour Photo)

Blomefield Cast Iron 24-pounder 50-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 51-2-7 (5,775 lbs), 1807, (Serial No. 708990, CARRON, 1807) on left trunnion, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a wood naval gun carriage.  Joel Stone Heritage Park, Water Street and Kate Street

SBML 6-pounder Gun mounted on a wooden carriage, King George II cypher, H & S No. 3 on the left trunnion.  This guns stands on the left side of the 24 pounder (possible replica).  Joel Stone Heritage Park, Water Street and Kate Street.

SBML 6-pounder Gun mounted on a wooden carriage, King George II cypher, H & S No. 1.  This gun stands on the right side of the 24 pounder (possible replica).  Joel Stone Heritage Park, Water Street and Kate Street.

Georgetown

 (Avernar Photo)

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, No. 1 beside the town cenotaph.

 (Avernar Photos)

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, No. 2 beside the town cenotaph.

105-mm L5 Pack Howitzer.

 (Terry Honour Photos)

106-mm M40A1 Recoilless Rifle No. 9967, 245 lbs, 7307526, in front of the Armoury at 91 Todd St.

Georgina

 (Andre Blanchard Photo)

105-mm C1A1 M2A2 Howitzer.

Goderich

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight TBC, (Serial No. 63844, CARRON, 1803) on left trunnion, (32P) on right trunnion, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on an iron garrison carriage.  Wellesley Street.

Blomefield SBML 6-pounder Gun, weight 20-0-14 (2,254 lbs), (WCo) (Walker & Company) on left trunnion, (Serial No. 26) on right trunnion, 4, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a concrete stand.  Lions Park.

 (Internet Photo)

Blomefield Cast Iron 32-pounder 56-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 55-3-14 (6,258 lbs), (WCo) (Walker & Company) on left trunnion, (Serial No. 182) on right trunnion, King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, MCMXXV.  Mounted on a concrete stand near the Lighthouse.

SBML 10-inch 52-cwt Land Service Mortar, weight 51-2-14 (5,782 lbs), (Serial No. 77661, CARRON, 1811), no cypher, broad arrow mark, two Dolphin carrying handles, Huron County Museum.

SBML 10-inch 52-cwt Land Service Mortar, weight 52-0-9 (5,833 lbs),   (Serial No. 77779, CARRON, 1811), no cypher, broad arrow mark, two Dolphin carrying handles, Huron County Museum.

SBML 10-inch 52-cwt Land Service Mortar, weight 51-3-14 (5,810 lbs), (Serial No. 77732, CARRON, 1811), no cypher, broad arrow mark, two Dolphin carrying handles, Huron County Museum.

 (JustSomePics Photo)

SBML 10-inch 52-cwt Land Service Mortar, weight 56-0-1 (6,273 lbs), (Serial No. 77812, CARRON, 1811), no cypher, broad arrow mark, Dolphin carrying handles, Huron County Museum.

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, Limber and Field Artillery Tractor, Artillery Support Group.

 (Jennifer Aitkens Photo)

Cast Iron SBML Carronade in a downtown park.

Goodenham

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08/15 Machinegun (TBC) mounted on the cenotaph.

Gorrie

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08 Machine-gun (Serial Nr. TBC), mounted on a Schlitten stand, Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 307, 2059 Victoria Street.

Grand Bend

 (Doug and Sandy Photos)

German First World War 7.58-cm leichtes Minenwerfer neuer Art, (7.58-cm leMW), possibly (Serial Nr. 6170), TBC, mounted on wheels on a concrete stand, Centennial Park, on the SW corner of Main St and Ontario St. (Hwy 21).  

Guelph, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

The 11th Field Artillery Regiment, is a Primary Reserve Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) regiment of Land Force Central Area's 32 Canadian Brigade Group located in Guelph, Ontario.  11 Field Regiment sub-units include the 11th Field Battery (Hamilton-Wentworth), 16th Field Battery, and the 29th Field Battery.

Guelph

Blomefield Cast Iron 24-pounder 50-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, (>5,500 lbs), King George III cypher, broad arrow mark, ‘Old Jeremiah’ brought to Guelph campus in 1879.  This gun is mounted on a concrete stand on University grounds.

 (Balcer Photos)

German First World War 7.7-cm Feldkanone 16 (7.7-cm FK 16), (Serial Nr. 101433).

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, Guelph Armoury, 7 Wyndham St South.

 (Terry Honour Photos)

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, with limber, behind the Guelph Armoury on a pad.

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, limber and a CMP FAT gun tractor inside the Guelph Armoury.

155-mm C1 (M1A2) Medium Howitzer on M1A2 Carriage, aka M114, manufactured at Sorel Industries Limited in Quebec, Queen Elizabeth II cypher.  Guelph Armoury, 7 Wyndham St South.

Haileybury

20-pounder Gun Mk. 1 Barrel mounted in concrete (Serial No. H5764), Queen Elizabeth II Cypher.  East side of Cenotaph.

20-pounder Gun Mk. I Barrel mounted in concrete, (Serial No.  29887), Queen Elizabeth II Cypher.  West side of Cenotaph.

Haliburton

 (Tim Laye Photo)

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08 Machinegun (Serial Nr. TBC), mounted on a Schlitten stand.

 (Tim Laye Photo)

German First World War 17-cm mittlerer Minenwerfer (17-cm mMW), (Serial Nr. 6839), captured by the 43rd Battalion on 8 Aug 1918 at Dod Wood, SW of Demuin, France.