Fort Canby & "Big Betsy" Cannon - c. 1900


Fort Canby & "Big Betsy" Cannon - Meiser

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"Big Betsy" was the nickname given to Fort Canby's 15-inch Rodman cannon, the largest of the fort's muzzle loading cannons. The big, smooth-bore gun sat just west of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. To aim the gun the barrel pivoted vertically on the center pin, while the back turned horizontally on an outer track. Because the blast would rattle the lighthouse windows, Big Betsy was seldom fired, and in 1906 it was scrapped. Some of the granite blocks from its platform are still on display near the lighthouse today. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0293
Photographer Jesse A. Meiser
Location Washington State
Subject Military
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 6.2 x 8.3 inches
Photographer's Number Number 107