I WAS interested to come across the article on the historic cannon found at the Ebrington Barracks site last year (News, January 14).
It is clear that the two guns are very rare breech-loading coast defence guns.
The 9.2-inch gun was originally mounted in Lenan Fort on the shore of Lough Swilly and was moved to Ebrington Barracks in 1909, probably for use as a training gun by men of the Antrim Artillery RGA. The 6-inch Mark II gun was issued as a training gun for the Londonderry Militia Artillery RGA, which manned Ned's Point and Inch Island forts on Lough Swilly until 1908.
I believe they should be carefully conserved and displayed either at Ebrington Barracks, or at the Fort Dunree Military Museum.
BILL CLEMENTS (Colonel, retd)
Chairman, Fortress Study Group