For the Cumberland Times-News
BALTIMORE — The Maryland Natural Resource Police will turn 145 on March 30. In celebration, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has partnered with Visit Baltimore to exhibit its historic cannon through late April at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Visitor’s Center.
A relic of the Oyster Police of the 1800s, the cannon was used to protect the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters during the “oyster wars” of the 19th century.
“I want to congratulate the Maryland Natural Resources Police on nearly a century and half of outstanding service to our state’s citizens and natural world,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley. “The men and women of NRP work day in and day out, risking their lives, to ensure that we are safe, and our lands and waterways are protected.”
“The cannon represents our commitment to protecting Maryland’s natural resources,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “DNR is proud to preserve this piece of history for future generations of citizens and visitors to enjoy.”DNR obtained the cannon in December 2010 from the American Legion Post 116, which owned it since the1950s. The legion regularly loaned it to a group of Civil War re-enactors who took part in North-South Skirmish Association competitions.
DNR has also displayed the cannon at the Delmarva Discovery Center, the Annapolis Maritime Museum and the Calvert Marine Museum.