The only cannon that remains at the fort; it points toward the Mississippi Coast. It is a 15 inch Rodman. The largest
smoothbore cannon ever manufactured, there were two of these atop Fort Massachusetts. Just the barrel alone weighs 50,000 pounds; it sits on a circular track so the cannon can be rotated. The cannon fired a 15-inch diameter explosive shell weighing about 300 pounds or a solid
shot that weighed over 400 pounds approximately 3 miles. The cannon was never used in combat.
Fort Massachusetts sits on West Ship Island and is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. It is located 12 miles off the Mississippi Gulf Coast near Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi.
Copyright 2019 Susan Rissi Tregoning
June 6th, 2019
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