Monday, May 30, 2011

Shot Furnace, Fort Griswold, Groton, CT

Though I doubt highly that we will be called on any time soon to build or repair one of these unique structures there are a few neat things to say for a shot furnace:

•    They are built of masonry, with iron. Black stars, no less!
•    They involve fire, like with fireplaces or bake ovens they are masonry machines.
•    They are related to cannons, a sophisticated and loud means of 3D bowling.
•    They are used to burn things, like wooden ships.

But what I like best about this shot furnace is that people have carved their names into the brick. The earliest that I found, in a brief visit, being MR in 1930.


frm Friends of Fort Griswold
History No. 7: Hot Shot Furnaces
Friends of Fort Griswold

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