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September 27, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
Replica Cannon Location
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Replica Naval Cannon Dedication

Friday, September 27, 2019

After more than two years of planning, scanning, molding, and casting, the replica four-pound British naval gun from the 1781 Battle of Yorktown will be unveiled.

It's time for the big reveal! A full-sized replica of the 18th-century British naval cannon from the 1781 Battle of Yorktown will be unveiled at its new home at Riverwalk Landing. The replication project, initiated by the 20th Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade Committee, has been underway since 2017. The actual cannon that was recovered from the York River in the 1930s is now with The Mariners' Museum.

Schedule of events:
2 p.m. - Educational Seminar (located in the Freight Shed)
  • Battle of the Capes: Ed Ayres, Historian, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
  • 1930s Archaeology and Cannon Recovery: Hannah Fleming, Material Culture Specialist, The Mariners' Museum and Park
  • Waterfront Removal, Testing & Conservation: Laurie King, Assistant Conservator, The Mariners' Museum and Park
  • 3-D Scanning, Molding & Casting: Will Hoffman, Director of Conservation, The Mariners' Museum and Park
  • Current York River Research: John Broadwater, PhD, RPA Underwater Archaeologist Virginia Department of Historic Resources President, Spritsail Enterprises
4 p.m. - Cannon Unveiling (located at Riverwalk Landing): Doug Truston and Nancy Eason

Below are photos of a scaled replica of the cannon placed at Riverwalk Landing in June of 2018, along with a photo of Will Hoffman holding a piece of the model used for making the mold he used in casting the replica cannon.

Scaled Cannon
Scaled Cannon 2
Scaled Cannon 4
Will Hoffman