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The Many Lives of Long Tom

The Many Lives of Long Tom

Greeting visitors at the entrance of the National Museum of the United States Navy is a very large cannon. Nicknamed “Long Tom,” this 5,700-pound piece of iron is one of several guns at the Washington Navy Yard that memorializes the history of the United States Navy. Made famous by the War of 1812 privateer General Armstrong and its immortal captain Charles Reid, Long Tom took a long route to get to Washington, D.C. Click on image to download.

Published: Tue Aug 10 13:17:25 EDT 2021