City crews uncover old cannon along Wilmington’s riverfront

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A cannon has been found in front of the Federal Courthouse building along Wilmington's Riverfront. Photo courtesy of the City of Wilmington.
A cannon has been found in front of the Federal Courthouse building along Wilmington’s Riverfront. Photo courtesy of the City of Wilmington.

Crews with the city uncovered an old cannon buried along Wilmington’s Riverfront on Tuesday afternoon.

The cannon was found while crews were excavating along Water Street, in front of the Wilmington Federal Courthouse located at 2 Princess Street,  according to City of Wilmington Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert.

The Wilmington Police Department was called to the scene to make sure the cannon was safe, Talbert said. Officials with the Cape Fear Museum and Fort Fisher State Recreation area were then contacted.

The site has been secured and experts of both museum and Fort Fisher will take a closer look at the find Wednesday morning. At that time, steps for preservation will be determined, Talbert said. More information about the cannon will be provided as authorities investigate.

The cannon was found as crews with the City of Wilmington were conducting work on the city’s Riverfront Park renovation project. The city is working in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority as part of a $6.3 million overhaul of Riverfront Park and Water Street, according to the City of Wilmington. The project started in September 2015.

The project includes underground repairs to the bulkhead, as well as new stormwater facilities, water and sewer lines. The construction also includes repairs to the Riverwalk, renovation of Riverfront Park, expansion of the plaza in front of the Federal Courthouse and streetscape improvements. The work is taking place in several phases, between the foot of Market Street and Walnut Street.

Check back for more details on this developing story.