PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Everyone keeps items hidden away in closets, even Portland City Hall.
After four years of being kept in a closet, a 200-year-old cannon will soon be on display at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. The cannon was on display in the lobby of City Hall for decades but was moved into a closet to make the entrance more friendly four years ago. The 1,600 pound cannon is a relic from the War of 1812. It was involved in a vicious sea fight between two brigs off Pemaquid Point between Seguin and Monhegan. Some historians say it was the most significant naval battle in Maine waters during the war.
"I believe that this is going to be one of the most important relics in the museum," Ken Crocker, a volunteer at Maine Maritime Museum, said. "Two centuries ago it was involved in a sea fight off the coast of Maine and now it's going to Maine Maritime Museum. It's really exciting."
The cannon will be a part of the exhibit "Subdue, Seize, and Take: Maritime Maine and the War of 1812".