Preserving a cannon
293-year-old fog cannon on Little Brewster Island is Coast Guard’s oldest-known artifact
After months of research, the Coast Guard has determined that a 293-year-old fog cannon on Little Brewster Island is the oldest known Coast Guard artifact by several decades. On Friday,cq Rear Admiral Daniel Abel,cq 1st Coast Guard District commander, visited Boston Light to see the cannon and present a commendation to Sally Snowman,cq the 70th lighthouse keeper at Boston Light and the first female. The cannon remained in service until 1851, when it was replaced by a large fog bell.