Cannonballs

ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK:  Today’s artefacts depict two cannonballs that were fired from the man-of-war H.M.S Alligator.  In 1834 on October 8th, the Alligator and a colonial schooner Isabella bombarded Waimate pā for three hours before landing a large force armed with a 6-pounder gun, to rescue John Guard junior.  Read more of this incident here, http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/maori-european-contact-pre-1840/the-harriet-affair.  One cannonball weighs 32 pound, the other weighs 56 pound.  If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to:  1976.308-309.1.

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