Noon day gun firing

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The noon day gun has a long history in the City of St. John’s. The first historical record of a timekeeping cannon goes back to 1781, when the gun wasn't fired at noon, but at 8 p.m. to notify soldiers to head back to their barracks. It was also used to signify heavy fog for mariners and as a fire alarm cannon with a distinctive pattern of firing to alert residents of a fire. The noon day gun is first recorded in 1842. The noon day gun on Signal Hill, which hadn’t been fired since the 1990s, was reinstated this summer to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht being signed in 1713. It was fired Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at noon between June 26 and Aug. 15. The cannon used had been on loan from the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton, N.S.
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  • Oneill
    September 02, 2013 - 21:32

    IF My mind is clear ,wasn'.t the man who fired the gun's name TOM ROSE