The Mystery Guns
Several letters came to light in the museum last week indicating that the 15th Field Artillery Regiment may have owned a couple of guns of 1870's vintage. It appears that the Regiment thought they were 13 Pounders and they were given away as we did not have a museum at that time. Harold Skaarup features a photograph of the 13 Pounder at Rodd Hill and states, "13-pounder 8-cwt Muzzleloading Rifle, weight 8-0-0 (896 lbs), (Serial No. 1230), mounted on a wheeled R.C.D. (Royal Carriage Department) gun carriage from the 1890s, on display along the main path through the site. Six of these 13-pounders were British Royal Marine Artillery brought to Victoria in 1893, When the British departed they were left behind. This appears to be the only remaining 13-pounder 8-cwt in Canada."
The letters from 1963 shows that we sent one to the Queen's Own Rifles Museum in Calgary and one to the RCA Museum in Shilo. A subsequent letter from the RCA Museum informs us that the gun was actually a 9 Pounder Mark II, which was apparently not bought by Canada at any time.
The mystery has yet to be resolved!