In March of 1981 someone trespassed on our property and damaged one of our cannons. I wish I could say this was the only time such a thing has occurred, but people occasionally find it amusing to tag our statues, especially Lion’s Bridge. While we don’t have much information about this specific cannon, research has indicated that is a French 12-pound Naval cannon, ca 1700, purchased by us in 1935.
While doing their rounds in the morning, two of our security guards found the barrel of this cannon in two pieces. Someone had removed a portion of the fence near the entrance to our grounds and somehow removed the muzzle from the barrel of the cannon.