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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Artillery preserved in Canada 9e: Nova Scotia, Halifax, Royal Artillery Park

Artillery preserved in Royal Artillery Park

The web page has become to big for all the guns in Nova Scotia to be listed on one page, therefore the guns on display within the City of Halifax including York Redoubt, the Citadel, the Naval Museum of Halifax (previously known as the Maritime Command Museum) and Royal Artillery Park are listed on separate pages.  

Data current to 8 Jan 2017.

 

Queen Anne of Great Britain (1665-1714, r. 1702-1714), with her monogram.  (Wikipedia Photo)

 

Queen Anne cypher on the barrel of a Cast Iron 24-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun located in front of the entrance to the Officer’s Mess.

Cast Iron 24-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun weight 47---- (>5000 lbs), left and right trunnions corroded, 78 to the left of the Queen Anne cypher (1701-1714), mounted on iron posts.  This is Naval gun from a ship of the line.  Located in front of the entrance to the Officer’s Mess.

 

King George III and his royal cypher.

Cast Iron 12-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 29-2-15 (3,317 lbs), left and right trunnions corroded, King George III cypher, mounted on iron posts, ca. 1764.

  

Cast Iron 12-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 28-3-1 (3,221 lbs), left and right trunnions corroded,  King George III cypher, mounted on iron posts, ca. 1764.  No. 2.

  

Queen Victoria reigned from 2 June 1837 to 22 Jan 1901, portrait at her Coronation, 1838, and her royal cypher.  (Wikipedia Photo)

Steel 7-pounder 1-cwt Muzzleloading Rifle, 200-lb Mk IV gun, (No. 1 of 3), weight 1-3-6 (202 lbs), (RGF No. 397, IV, 1878) on the right trunnion, Queen Victoria cypher, mounted on a iron carriage with a bronze plate stamped 1874, RCD I, W (arrow) D, Reg. No. 65, Wt 137.  This gun stands in front of the Officer's Mess.

Steel 7-pounder 1-cwt Muzzleloading Rifle, 200-lb Mk IV gun (No. 2 of 3), weight 1-3-5 (201 lbs), (RGF No. 251, IV, 1877) on the right trunnion, Queen Victoria cypher, mounted on an iron carriage, 1874, RCD I, WD, Reg. No. 65, standing in front of the Officer’s Mess.

Steel 7-pounder 1-cwt Muzzleloading Rifle, 200-lb Mk IV gun (No. 3 of 3), weight 1-3-7 (203 lbs), (RGF No. 418, IV, 1878) on right trunnion, Queen Victoria Cypher, mounted on an iron carriage, standing in front of the Officer’s Mess.  These three guns were generally classified as Mountain or boat guns.

 (Photos courtesy of the Fleet Diving Unit)

Cast Iron 9-inch 12-ton Mk. I Muzzleloading Rifle with Millar pattern breeching ring, weight corroded, left and right trunnions corroded, Firths Steel 1899 on the muzzle.  This gun is one of the four recovered from a trench in front of the Halifax Armoury in 2011.  The gun is mounted on iron posts.

  

9-pounder 6-cwt (SS) Muzzleloading Rifle, weight 5-3-26 (670 lbs), (RGF No. 399, II, 1875) on the left trunnion, blank on the right trunnion, Firths Steel 4320 on the muzzle, Queen Victoria cypher on the barrel.  The gun is mounted on an iron carriage, WD, R.C.D. 11872, No. 60, I, with wood 12-pounder wheels, ca. 1874-1895.  This gun stands facing the Halifax Citadel.  Another 9-pounder 6-cwt Muzzleloading Rifle preserved in Canada, RGF No. unknown, is on display in the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum, CFB Shilo, Manitoba and a third is in display at the war memorial in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, RGF No. unknown.  These 9-pounder 6-cwt guns were probably left behind when the British left Halifax in 1905.  All other 9-pounder Muzzleloading Rifles in Canada are 8-cwt.

pounder 6-cwt Breechloading Mk. IV Gun, Salisbury Plain, England, 1914.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3397505), left, and 12-pounder 6-cwt Breechloading Mk. IV Gun, RCHA drill.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4234796), right.

       

12-pounder 6-cwt Breechloading Mk. I Gun, weight 6-0-16 (688 lbs), (12PR, 6Cwt, 123), on the left trunnion, (RGF, 1897, King's Arrow) on the right trunnion, Queen Victoria cypher on the barrel, mounted on a wheeled iron carriage, RCD 1900, Reg. No. C.4594, No. 27.  This gun stands facing the Halifax Citadel.  (Two of these guns are recorded in Halifax in 1933: Reg. No. 125, RGF unknown, and Reg. No. 176, RGF 97).

5-inch Breech-loading Mk. I Howitzer in use during the Boer War.  (British Government Photos)

       

5-inch Breech-loading Mk. I Howitzer, weight 8-3-8 (988 lbs) on the barrel.  The breech is stamped (BL 5" How, No. 65, RGF 1899).  The right trunnion appears to be a separate part of the gun carriage assembly, not the gun, and is stamped (RCD 1800, Reg. No. C.4597).  This was the first British gun to use Recoil Absorbers.  The gun is mounted on an iron Mk. I carriage with wooden wheels.  The iron trail is stamped with a different part number, (I, RCD 1900, Reg. No. C.4594, No. 27).  This gun stands facing the Halifax Citadel.

 

King George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936), ruled from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936.

18-pounder QF Mk. I Field Gun, Camp Valcartier, ca. 1914.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3336980), and an 18-pounder QF Mk. I Field Gun with Limber, June 1916.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3397500)

 

18-pounder QF Mk. I Field Gun, ca. 1918.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN 3405482), and an 18-pounder QF Field Gun, RMC, ca 1936.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404640)

 

18-pounder QF Mk. II Field Gun, weight 9-0-0 (1,008 lbs), B.S. Co. 1916, No. 5452, crossed out, ANHI, mounted on a wheeled carriage, 18-pounder QF Mk. 1, OCMC, VSM 1905, Reg. No. (blank) on carriage, No. 35, VS&M 1906, Reg. No. 6431, DOC on left side of the trail.  This gun stands facing the Halifax Citadel.

   

King George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) reigned from 11 December 1936 - 6 Feb 1952.

6-pounder 7-cwt Anti-Tank Gun Mk III, B/L No. L/16919, T, G-1966, weight 5-2-20 (636 lbs) mounted on an iron Mk I carriage.  This gun stands facing the Halifax Citadel.

25-pounder QF Field Gun, 1st Field Regt RCHA on a field exercise, Barham, England, 10 April 1942.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3397506)

25-pounder QF Field Gun Mk. II/I, SIC.11.42 Canada, FL5647S1044, mounted on an iron carriage with a plate stamped Carr 25 pdr Mk. I, 1942, Reg. No. CA10606.  This gun stands facing the Halifax Citadel.

American 90-mm M1A1 Anti-Aircraft Gun, 2605, mounted on an iron carriage with plate stamped 90mm AA Recoil Mech M1A1, No. 8269.  This gun stands facing the Halifax Citadel.

Second World War era Bailey Bridge pieces erected in honour of all Military Engineers who served in Fortress and Port Halifax since 1749.

9th Canadian Siege Battery Memorial Plaque, Royal Artillery Park.

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08/15 machine gun being examined by Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade Officers, March 1918.   (Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN No. 3522120)

German First World War 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG 08/15 heavy machine gun (Serial Nr. 8411), Gwf Erfurt 1917, no data.  This MG 08/15 was likely captured ca 1918 by a Battalion of a Brigade within a Canadian Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in France.  This weapon is on display inside the Officers Mess at Royal Artillery Park.

French SBML 10-inch Mortar, (Serial No. 5338), captured at Fortress Louisbourg.  This mortar which stood for many years inside PA Park, was been returned to Louisbourg for the 300th anniversary of its founding.  The photo is of a duplicate mortar currently on display in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.