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22 FRIDAY, APRIL 6- MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 NEWS Cape Gazette Gun Continued from page I ordinator, placed the tracker on the gun prior to its crossing of the Chesapeake Bay on a rail barge from the Little Creek rail- road terminal near Norfolk Va. The crossing was made April 3 to Cape Charles, Va., where the Bay Coast Railroad train took the rail car and headed north at 5:30 a.m. April 4. In Pocomoke City, Md., the gun barrel was switched to a Norfolk Southern train for its journey to Georgetown via Harrington to allow enough time for a Monday, April 16 welcom- ing ceremony in Georgetown. The massive ll6-ton gun is similar to one used during World War II at Fort Miles. On March 8, a crew from Lockwood Brothers Inc. of Hampton, Va., used a 365-ton crane to lift the ll6-ton barrel on- to a trailer for a two-mile trip from St. ]uliens Creek at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard through Portsmouth, Va., and Chesa- peake. Va.. to the the Old Domin- ion power station railroad yard. According to Wray, the crane crew then lifted the 68-foot bar- rel onto a railroad car for a short trip to the Little Creek railroad terminal. The Little Creek termi- nal- is the location of the former Little Creek-Cape Charles Ferry, which provided a link to the Eastern Shore of Virginia from the 1930s to 1964 when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was opened. The next stage of the journey was a 26-mile tow across the Chesapeake Bay on a ,Bay Coast Railroad car float. The tugboat- rail system, started in 1885, is one of only two still operating in the nation. Wray said an official welcom- ing ceremony has been sched- uled in Georgetown at 2 p.m., Monday, April 16, and an unveil- ing ceremony in the park will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 28. The gun barrel is steeped in history as one of three remaining large guns from the USS Mis- souri, the ship aboard which the Japanese formallv surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945, to end World War II. One of the most famous battle- ships in naval history, the USS Missouri provided firepower during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and later in Korea and Desert Storm. The Fort Miles Historical As- sociation raised $110,000 to cov- er transportation costs of the the gun from Natron to Lewes. The gun will become a key part the Fort Miles Military Mu- seum, a long-term effort to de- velop a World War II museum within the hidden battery at Cape Henlopen State Park. The USS Missouri cannon - the same size gun that protected the en- trance to the Delaware Bay dur- ing the war years- will greet vis- itors to the museum. . Prompt, Reliable Service on All Brands of Pools & Spas C Free We' C i/inter Damage Repair. Replacement Covers Spring Pool & Spa Openings (Schedule soon, dates are filling fastO }mplete Inventory of Chemicals & Accessories ter Testing. Certified Pool & Spa Operators on Staff ustomized Pool & Spa Maintenance Pr0grams Lowest Prices i of the Season ! on all in-stock ! . Poo/Tab/es = & Spas 35465 Wolfe No( k Road " Rehoboth Beach ,.. Men., Tues, ,ds T A Thurs.& Fri. gam-6pm Route1&24, nexttOeluA J' l BI I Sat. 9am-4pm 1-866-505-AI, . .4 , Closed Wednesday (2782) lr' l and Sunday . Leisure tqus ~!~:~ Look for us :j I ~ L~ onFacebook SPAS= BILLIARD TABLES POOLS SUBMITTED PHOTO A ~#GE H~STO~C NAVAL CANNON from the USS Missouri is loaded on a rail car for its journey north toward Georgetown and Lewes, I GET YOUR PROPERTY READY FOR SUMMER RENTALS & DO THE LEG WORKI INCLUDING: , Picking out furniture .'Overseeing delivery. Staging your propert1 ...So it looks picture perfect Setting up accounts on and Drafting sample booking conhrmatmns & lease agreements Taking care of the details: Stocking your kitchen. Preparing a guests' welcome guide. More! See as an example of what I can do in about I week. Minimal investment to maximize your profits. Contact: t Full Service Irrigation Company lrrig [on VISA - MASTERCARD ON" ACCEP]