Swivel gun recruitment meeting on Sat., Jan. 25

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On Feb. 6, David Olie will be the first speaker in the Yarmouth County Museum’s Heritage Month series.
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The hunt is on for four people willing to wear period costume and fire blank charges from a cannon on special occasions in Yarmouth.

A recruitment meeting for the swivel gun project will be held at Th'YARC on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m.

Yarmouth town crier David Olie says he is looking for a few volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to the community and its tourism business.

“These volunteers will not only help re-create part of our history, but will be able to make some big bangs doing so,” he said.

The swivel gun project was presented by Olie at the All Hands on Deck meeting at Mariner's Centre last September. The Coastal Financial Credit Union is providing funding for the project.

Once completed, the project will see a small reproduction 18th Century cannon (swivel gun) firing blank charges from Killam's Wharf for special events.

The gun will be operated by a crew of up to four people, men or women age 18 or older, dressed in 1790s period uniforms.

Olie says there will be no cost to volunteers, with all clothing, equipment and training being provided.

“Of course, this means we need four people who are willing to make a firm commitment to be available when needed this year and into the future,” he said.

Olie says he anticipates 15 – 20 occasions per year when the gun will be fired. The first arrival of the new ferry in early May will be the first event.

Others will be Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, Canada Day, various Seafest events, visits of distinguished guests, Natal Day, and other arrivals of the ferry, especially when tour buses arrive.

The gun crew will be organized as the Yarmouth Militia Artillery Company under the direction of the Royal Fencible American reenacting group.

The original Yarmouth company was organized around 1797 to man the defences of the town and harbour. They were the first uniformed soldiers in Yarmouth's history. Today's 84th Independent Field Battery is descended from the original militia company.

 

Organizations: Coastal Financial Credit Union, Yarmouth Militia Artillery Company, Royal Fencible

Geographic location: Yarmouth

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