Wanted - Museum Gunners
Naval Museum is keen to recruit a new generation of
volunteers to maintain its historic Rifled Muzzle Loader
Cannon, situated at Middle North Battery. Keen to keep
the ďliving museumĒ concept going, the old cannon
is fired on special occasions and more specifically
public holidays, to the benefit of the public that visit
the SA Naval Museum. To maintain this tradition we call
on young sailors that have a passion for black powder,
history and heritage.
will be trained under the expert guidance of stalwarts
WO1 Martin Venter and WO1 Harry Croome. All training is
done in accordance with the Cannon Association of South
Africa (CAOSA) regulations and standards. In time
members may eventually qualify as gunners to fire the
old cannon themselves.
Muzzle Loader Cannon
beautiful view of Simonís Bay and False Bay, the
historic 9-inch Rifled Muzzle Loader cannon adorns the
Middle North Battery. Manufactured in 1865, it was
brought to South African in 1896 for the defence of the
British Naval Base in Simonís Town. The cannon was fired
for the last time on 27 April 1903 and then withdrawn
from service. Following years of neglect a team of
volunteers took up the task to refurbish, not just the
cannon but also the surrounds of the Middle North
Battery. On 16 March 2011 it was fired for the first
time in a 108 years and the SA Naval Museum now
continues to do so on special occasions.
will be fired again on Armed Forces Day on the 21st of
SA Naval Museum, Cdr L. Steyn 021 787 4622 or WO1 H.
Croome 021 787 4635, for more information.