It was a wonderful day in Cape Town. Although a bit windy it turned out just great!
The wind did not seem to put spectators off and there was quite a large number of public supporting the firing of this great gun – the 9 inch Rifled Muzzle Loading (RML) Cannon.
See a time lapse video I created of todays firing at this link… Time lapse video (no sound)
This gun is installed at Middle North Battery in Simon’s Town. There is a magnificent view of False bay and the Simon’s Town Harbour from the site.
This action is organised jointly by the South African Navy as well as the Cannon Association of South Africa.
They are very dependent on donations. Harry Croome (WO1 Ret.) stated that the 5 Kg of Gunpowder used in this shoot, would cost in the region of R1700.00 per Kg. Each time the cannon is fired will cost about R8500.
The Cannon Association of SA is a group of volunteers that are in the process of restoring old cannon(s) of historical nature. See more here… Cannon Association of South Africa. By using the 9″ cannon and firing it on special occasions they raise awareness amongst the public. All donations go via the Naval Museum to help fund further firings as well as maintenance.
They aim (excuse the pun) to fire the cannon again on Armistice Day, the 11th November 2019 @ 11:00, so bring your purses and be generous. They need funds to continue this historical work. And it is fun too!