HMS Confiance Cannon

HMS Confiance Cannon (HM1B8C)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21402 Anne Arundel County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.967', W 76° 28.947'

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The Naval War of 1812 in Annapolis

— Don't Give Up the Ship —

This gun tube was removed from the British flagship, the HMS Confiance, during the Battle of Lake Champlain with was fought on September 11, 1814. Early in that battle a cannon ball fired by the American flagship Saratoga struck the muzzle of this cannon driving the gun backward with great force into Captain George Downie. The blow killed him instantly. There was no blood or obvious wound until a bad bruise was found on his right groin. His pocket watch had been crushed, too. The dent made by the American cannon ball is seen on the muzzle.

The loss of the brave British leader helped bring victory to the American squadron in the hard-fought battle. The captured Ensign of the HMS Confiance is displayed in Mahan Hall.

The building behind this cannon is named after Commodore Thomas Macdonough, commanding officer of the American squadron. It is home to the boxing, water polo, women's volleyball and gymnastic programs as well as other sports facilities for the Brigade of Midshipmen.
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HM NumberHM1B8C
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Marker Number5
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 5:49pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 371597 N 4315911
Decimal Degrees38.98278333, -76.48245000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.967', W 76° 28.947'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 58.02" N, 76° 28' 56.82" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 999 NE Arcade Rd, Annapolis MD 21402, US
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