French Cannon at Cumberland Landing

French Cannon at Cumberland Landing (HM210W)

Location: New Kent, VA 23124 New Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.171', W 76° 58.774'

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Gilbert Chase, a New England ship captain, recovered a bronze French cannon in the Pamunkey River off Cumberland Town in 1816. Two members of his crew descended in a diving bell patented in 1806, which Chase had acquired the rights to use. The 12-foot-long, 5,240-pound cannon, lost during the Revolutionary War, was decorated with mottoes and coats of arms. Virginia claimed it as state property, but Chase argued that the patent authorized him to keep what he salvaged and that the state had forfeited its rights by abandoning the cannon. In Nicholas v. Chase (1817), Virginia Superior Court of Chancery ruled in favor of Chase. The cannon was likely melted down during the Civil War.
HM NumberHM210W
Year Placed2016
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 325101 N 4156196
Decimal Degrees37.53618333, -76.97956667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.171', W 76° 58.774'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 10.26" N, 76° 58' 46.44" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7939-9011 State Rte 637, New Kent VA 23124, US
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