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News Release

June 14, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard

Contact: 1st Coast Guard District


Office: (617) 223-8515

293-year-old Boston Harbor Light cannon to be recognized as oldest Coast Guard artifact

BOSTON — The 70th Boston Harbor Light keeper will receive a citation to commemorate the oldest U.S. Coast Guard historic artifact, a fog signal cannon, on Little Brewster Island, Mass., Friday at 2:15 p.m.

During the ceremony Sally Snowman will receive a citation commemorating the 293-year-old fog signal cannon presented by Rear Adm. Daniel B. Abel, 1st Coast Guard District commander. 

The fog cannon at Boston Harbor Light was Americas first official fog signal. It was fired every half-hour during periods of poor visibility to help ships steer clear of Little Brewster Island and its surrounding shoals. 

The cannon was retired to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in the early 1960s but was returned to Boston Harbor Light in 1993 as a touchstone of that sentinels unique distinction as the first official light station in America.

Media Interested in attending should contact 1st District Public Affairs at (617) 223-8515.

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