Coast Guard to Commemorate Fog Signal Cannon

Boston Light, photo New England Boating/Tom Richardson

On June 15, the Coast Guard will hold a ceremony on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor to commemorate a 293-year-old fog signal cannon, the oldest U.S. Coast Guard historic artifact.

Boston Light Keeper Sally Snowman will receive a citation to commemorate the signal cannon.

The fog cannon at Boston Harbor Light was America’s 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.

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