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Old Fort’s working cannon stolen

It’s been a tough season for The Old Fort.

First, a huge collection of antique tools was destroyed in a fire.

Now, someone’s stolen a cannon.

On Tuesday, a volunteer with Historic Fort Wayne arrived to check on the property and found the cannon missing, according to a police report.

The volunteer, who was not named in the report, walked around the property and noticed that a cannon port was open, and the cannon that was always pushed against it was gone.

The cannon is apparently still functional, according to one volunteer with Historic Fort Wayne.

“I simply hope whoever has it doesn’t try to fire it,” group member Norman Gable said. It weighs between 100 and 200 pounds, he said.

Gable said those who fire the cannon for The Fort undergo extensive training – and amateurs could hurt themselves or others.

He said Historic Fort Wayne fires only blank loads, never projectiles.

Police noted that the wooden cradle that holds the cannon was left in place.

Nothing else was taken or disturbed in the building, according to the report.

The latest setback to the Old Fort comes as Historic Fort Wayne is still working on rebuilding the blacksmith shop damaged in a fire May 27.

The building was not damaged beyond repair, but the collection of antique tools inside was a total loss.

The fire department did not list a cause for the fire, but Tom Grant, a volunteer with Historic Fort Wayne, said at the time that it had been about 10 days since anyone used the structure, implying that it was unlikely that a leftover ember started the blaze.

cmeyers@jg.net

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