Sunday, June 30, 2013

Additional Curiosities

Sometimes, when seeking out cannons and other artillery pieces, you find other monuments, or cannon related pieces. Here are a few of those that have crossed my path so far. 

First, a model of the Rodman Casting Process, a safer way to produce large caliber cannons. This model was produced for display in 1878.

Rodman Display Model Close Up

Rodman Display Model Front



Rodman Display Model ID Plaque

Rodman Display Model Side

Rodman Display Model Three Quarter

A few days later, I came across a Korean War vintage fighter in a Memorial Park in New Kensington, next to a 3 Inch gun.

Korean War Jet-Left Front

Korean War Jet-Cockpit
Korean War Jet-Front Right

Korean War Jet-Nose

Korean War Jet-Front


Korean War Jet-Left

Korean War Jet-Markings

Finally, the same day as the fighter was documented, a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter was found and documented outside of a V.F.W. in Lower Burrell.

Bell Helicopter-Right Front

Bell Helicopter- Engine Exhaust

Bell Helicopter- Front Logo

Bell Helicopter- ID Numbers

Bell Helicopter- Interior

Bell Helicopter- Jettison Handle Inside

Bell Helicopter- Left Rear

Bell Helicopter- Right Rear

Bell Helicopter- Rivet Signage

Bell Helicopter- Signage

Bell Helicopter- Step

Bell Helicopter- Turn Pull

Bell Helicopter- Turn Slide

Bell Helicopter-Right Door

Bell Helicopter-Right Side

Bell Helicopter-Right Side Close
Bell Helicopter-Right Side Logo

Memorial Park-New Kensington

Location: Memorial Park-New Kensington
Type: Field
Country of Manufacture: U.S.
Time Period: World War II
Identifying Marks

On Breech Block:
GUN, 3-INCH M-5 NO 1803 PA
ORD. DEPT. U.S.A.
_ _ _ _ ILTER MFG. CO
1600 LBS  ACR

On Tail Spike
D31112
FSCBU43

*Note: This cannon has suffered extensive rust damage.

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Aiming Mechanism

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Breech Block

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Breech Cover Closed

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Breech Cover Open

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Left Front

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Left Rear

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Left Side

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Muzzle

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Rear

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Recoil Mechanism

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Right Front

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Right Rear

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Tail Spike ID

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Tail Spike

Memorial Park, New Kensington- Trail Rust Damage

Heinz History Center, L2000.63.8-Strip District

Location:Heinz History Center, Strip District
Type: 4 LB Maritime
Country of Manufacture: France
Time Period: French and Indian War
Identifying Marks

NONE

Heinz History Center, L2000.63.8, Strip District-Left Front High

Heinz History Center, L2000.63.8, Strip District-Left Front

Heinz History Center, L2000.63.8, Strip District-Muzzle

Heinz History Center, L2000.63.8, Strip District-Right Front


Heinz History Center, L2000.63.7-Strip District

Location:Heinz History Center, Strip District
Type: 4 LB
Country of Manufacture: France
Time Period: French and Indian War
Identifying Marks

NONE

*Note: This fragment was excavated from a site in Downtown Pittsburgh, and is believed at this time to be the remains of a cannon that was destroyed during the French retreat from Fort Duquesne.

Heinz History Center, L2000.63.7, Strip District-Muzzle

Heinz History Center, L2000.63.7, Strip District-Rear

Heinz History Center, L2000.63.7, Strip District-Right