Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Old cannon poised for display in museum collection


Photo courtesy of Gregg Acuna

Clay Hammer poses with the refurbished cannon newly on display at Wrangell Museum, after helping get it set up on Monday. In storage for the past 16 years, an anonymous craftsman did restorative work on it for the museum, and Hammer helped arrange its transportation.

The Wrangell Museum added a new piece to its public gallery, an antique cannon.

Not that the piece itself is new, thought to be close to two centuries old. Nor is it newly acquired, donated in 2002 to the museum by nonagenarian Bruce Johnston, a former resident then living in Ketchikan. Handed over before the museum's transition over to the Nolan Center, during the shift the cannon wound up in one of the many scattered caches of items kept around town.

By now settled, museum staff have over the past few years started to catalogue its collection with the aid of some grants, whittling down su...

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