NPS Metal Conservation

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Since 2008, the National Park Service has been collaborating with the Warren Lasch Conservation Center to research, design and implement novel conservation and preservation approaches to selected ordnance and architectural elements at Forts Moultrie and Sumter.

The treatment of items at Fort Moultrie was initiated in July 2011. 4 Civil War cannons from “Cannon Row” and 2 Endicott Rifles (c.1900s) were transported to a coating specialist’s facility for treatment.

Update: June 3, 2013 Cannons returned to public display at Fort Moultrie after undergoing conservation treatment.

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NPS Cannons

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Under the supervision of a Clemson Conservator the removal of deteriorated and failing coating layers and corrosion was carried out and new coatings applied. Comparative monitoring of coating performance is now being carried out. A selection of significant architectural items within the fort will be treated on site.