1812 History
Cannonballs- C.1812
Description
Sponsors
1812 History
Department of Canadian Heritage This item is a part of the 1812 History digitization project. This project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.
Media Type
Object
Description
This set of four cannonballs were found at Gravelly Bay in Port Colborne. It is believed that the cannonballs were found here because of their proximity to Zavitz Mill. During the war, the mill would most likely have been protected with one or more cannons against possible marine attacks or enemy forces who could be seen coming up Sugarloaf road. Theory states that the cache of cannonballs would have been buried in some haste to prevent their seizure by the American troops. This was most likely following the fall of Fort Erie in late May 1813 or, alternatively, when Major Warren and his men retreated away from the supply depot at Sugar Loaf to prevent their capture.

For more information, read “‘Scruples of Conscience’: The War of 1812 in the Sugarloaf Settlement” by Donald G. Anger, the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.

Sizes (diameter): 1: 5.6cm, 2: 5.6cm, 3: 5.3cm, 4: 5.5cm
Date of Original
c. 1812
Subject(s)
Local identifier
982.62.1-4
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.8750206076777 Longitude: -79.263482093811
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Image courtesy of the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum
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Cannonballs- C.1812


This set of four cannonballs were found at Gravelly Bay in Port Colborne. It is believed that the cannonballs were found here because of their proximity to Zavitz Mill. During the war, the mill would most likely have been protected with one or more cannons against possible marine attacks or enemy forces who could be seen coming up Sugarloaf road. Theory states that the cache of cannonballs would have been buried in some haste to prevent their seizure by the American troops. This was most likely following the fall of Fort Erie in late May 1813 or, alternatively, when Major Warren and his men retreated away from the supply depot at Sugar Loaf to prevent their capture.

For more information, read “‘Scruples of Conscience’: The War of 1812 in the Sugarloaf Settlement” by Donald G. Anger, the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.

Sizes (diameter): 1: 5.6cm, 2: 5.6cm, 3: 5.3cm, 4: 5.5cm