Two more cannons, were found nearer to the coast, opposite Fort Cornwallis and are believed to date back to the late 1790s and early 1800s. The cannons were dug out during works to reconstruct the seawall along the Esplanade last month, believed to have been used for coastal defence.
The two “bloom field” cannons, weighing about three tonnes each, and measuring between 3m and 3.6m, are the fifth and sixth cannons to be discovered since 2017.
Chief Secretary to the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry Datuk Dr Noor Zari Hamat said the two cannons were believed to be the largest and oldest found to date. He said the discovery of the cannons was an important contribution to the state’s rich history as the inscription “1757” was found on the cannons.
“Research will have to be conducted to determine the meaning of the number, whether it was the year of manufacture.
“But, we have reasons to believe that the two cannons are even older than when Francis Light, the British explorer, founded the British colony of Penang and its capital city of George Town in 1786,” he told newsmen at the seawall site this morning.
Works to strengthen the Esplanade seawall by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) are ongoing and are expected to be completed by next year.
The state government through Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) and Think City as well as Aga Khan Cultural Services are now undertaking a north seafront project to restore the moat around the fort and upgrade the whole seafront.
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