This 50-Caliber Mark VII gun barrel (68ft long and weighs 120 tons) was on the USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945 ending WWII. The historic gun barrel was moved to its new home in Cape Charles, VA by EHM.
The barrel’s journey to the Eastern Shore of Virginia began over a year ago when it left St. Julien’s Creek Navy Yard, was loaded on a rail car in Little Creek and transported to Cape Charles on the Bay Coast Rail Barge. It arrived in Cape Charles on April 3, 2012 – where it waited for a year. On April 1, 2013 the barrel was transported from Cape Charles for 12 miles on an oversized trailer along Rt. 13 to the refuge.
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