Live Cannonball (or is it a Mortar Shell?) from the Battle of the Plains of Abraham found in Old Quebec

A cannonball fired by the British during the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 has been unearthed at a building site in Old Quebec. The rusted, 90-kilogram projectile was unearthed during excavation work last week at the corner of Hamel and Couillard streets and still contained a charge and gunpowder.

One person took the cannonball back to his home, and noticed it still contained a charge. A team of army munitions technicians was dispatched from CFB Valcartier to collect the ball and neutralize it.

NOTE: Technically, I don’t think it is a cannonball. Anything that has explosives inside is called a mortar shell, not a cannonball.

It’s believed the ball was fired at Quebec City from Lévis, across the St. Lawrence River.

You can read more in the CBC News web site at: You can also read about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham


A fellow police officer was stopped by people at a scrap yard and given an old artillery projectile. He put it in the squad car trunk. About a week later he took it out and set it in the garage at the police station. Another officer saw it and called EOD from Ft. Sheridan. They took it away and detonated it. It left a hole the squad car would have fit into.


It is possible that it could have been fired during the Revolutionary War. An army led by Benedict Arnold laid siege to Quebec and used the Plains of Abraham before they had to retreat down La
ke Champlain.


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